A 70-year-old man, Bello Talliat, was on Wednesday arraigned before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court.

He was accused of assaulting an eight-year-old girl sexually.

Talliat, who resides at No. 10, Eleku St., Ikorodu, Lagos, is facing a charge of defilement which he denied.

‎‎The prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 22 at about 10.15PM‎ at his residence.

‎‎She said the accused, who resides in the same compound with the girl’s parents sexually assaulted the eight-year-old girl by using his penis to rub the girl’s private part.

“The accused used his manhood to rub the girl’s private part with the intent to penetrate, but she stopped him.

“She told her mother about the incident, who reported the incident to the police and the accused was arrested,” Sgt. Anthonia said.

The ‎ Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted the old man bail in the sum of 200,000 Naira with a surety which must be either a community leader or a cleric.

She said the surety should also show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Nwachkwu said the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

The offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 and carries a penalty of three years imprisonment.‎

The case was adjourned to May 8 for mention.