She is a minor and just 12-years-old, but a secondary school principal decided to put on her, a 'life-time scare of rape' and the trauma and torture as burden.

The judge could not tamper justice with mercy as requested by the counsel to the convict, Mr Taiwo Ajayi.

During the trial, prosecutors told the Judge that Mr Ajayi lured the girl into his office, locked the door and raped her on the table while covering her mouth with a cloth.

Ajayi committed the offence on March 18, 2014 at at St. Mary’s Girls Grammar School, Ikole-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Two teachers were said to have come to his office when he was having carnal knowledge of the little girl, but could not gain entry. They were at the door for about 30 minutes when the principal opened the door.

After the school authority got a hint of what transpired, Mr Ajayi was suspended from the civil service to face the consequences of his action.

At the arraignment on October 14, 2016, Ajayi had pleaded not guilty.

Life-time Scar and Trauma

Delivering judgment on the matter on Thursday, Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde of the State High Court, Ado Ekiti said the principal was guilty as charged.

Abodunde rejected the convict’s counsel’s plea for leniency on grounds that he was a first offender, father and breadwinner of an aged mother.

“The prosecution has proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt on the strength of evidence placed before the court,” he said.

“The cases of child defilement has been on the increase lately and to serve as a deterrent to others, my view is that the punishment stipulated by the lawmakers was deliberate to deter the offence and protect the right to dignity of the child.

“The defence counsel is pleading for leniency and praying for fine instead of the due punishment. My question is: ‘who pays the victim for the life-time scar or the trauma and torture of rape?’

“I am unable to deviate from the provisions of the law in this instance; the defendant is found guilty as charged and sentenced to life imprisonment,” he added.