By Charles Nwabardi 
 
A Forty-Two year old man, Joseph Ikegwu has on Thursday  appeared in Badagry Magistrate Court, Lagos, for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter.
 
The alleged offender is facing a three-count of defilement, unlawful touch of private part and assault.
 
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Akpan Ikem, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March 17, at about 3.00 p.m. at Chemist Compound, Idale, Badagry area of Lagos State.
 
He alleged that the defendant who resides in the same compound with the victim’s parents had sexual intercourse with the 12-year-old girl without her consent.
 
He said the victim told her parents that she was defiled by the defendant when the mother noticed the way she was walking.
 
The prosecutor said the mother reported the matter at the police station leading to the arrest of the defendant.
 
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 137, 261 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
 
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge while the Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N400, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
 
The case was therefore adjourned to July 21, for another hearing

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