A 52 -year-old man identified as , Paul Akpederi, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to raping his 16-year-old daughter when he was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court.
He was arraigned on one count of defilement before Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Akpederi raped his daughter for three years.
Akpederi and victim’s mother had divorced, but the girl lived with him.
The police said the suspect committed the crime between 2012 and 2017.
The charge read, “That you, Paul Akpederi, sometime in 2012 till date on Adegbite Street, off Otunubi Road, Okuta, Ikorodu, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did forcefully and unlawfully defile your daughter, aged 16, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
However, his counsel, Mrs. A.O. Gbadamosi, said the suspect was mentally-ill and appealed to the magistrate to allow him to undergo medical examination.
The defendant’s elder brother, Anthony Akpederi, backed the counsel.
Osunsanmi ordered medical tests in order to ascertain the defendant’s mental state and adjourned the matter till December 6, 2017.