An Akwa Ibom High
Court sitting in Uyo has
sentenced a 23-year-old
man, Iniobong Okon Moses, to
life imprisonment for defiling his
three-year old step-daughter.
The defilement occurred at Ikot
Akpe in Uyo Local Government
Area of the state.
The court presided over by
Justice Okon Okon found Moses guilty of rape contrary to Section
367 of the Criminal Code Cap 38,
Vol. 2 Laws of Akwa Ibom of Nigeria, 2000.
The judge described Moses as
"a disgrace to humanity, whose
conduct falls abysmally below
even the conduct of beasts.
The judge held that by his indefensible and despicable act the
convict had shown himself "to be
callous and devoid of passion.
He further held that the convict
"does not deserve to walk freely
on Nigerian soil and breathe the
air of freedom meant for decent
members of the society.
"In her childhood and angelic
innocence and vulnerability, the
victim could even have been looking at the accused gleefully in
naivety expecting no hurt from the
accused in loco parentis with her,
The convict, Moses, a native
of Afaha Udo Eyop in Ibesikpo
Asutan Local Government Area
of the state in his confessional
statement said he was drunk and
that he defiled the infant by putting his fingers and penis into the
victim's vagina on November 8,
2019 when his wife left for market.
But the judge rejected the claim
by the convict that he was drunk,
saying, "drunkenness is not an exculpatory defence in law for the
commission of a crime and more
so, as it was self-inflicted.
The police medical report
shows history of abnormal vaginal discharge and wound on the
labium of the victim, a case of
sexual assault with genital ulcer
and genital tract infection.
The Court held that Moses
"deserves to be put away for a
long time from public glare to save
innocent children from being further brutalised and ravished by