Ondo CJ declines bail of man, 80, who raped girl
By Sunmola Olowookere
An octogenarian who was alleged to have raped a 10-year-old primary school girl in Arogbo is currently cooling his ardour at the Okitipupa Medium Security Correctional Centre.
The accused, Pa Monday Isewu appeared before the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olutoyin Akeredolu for consideration of bail when she went on a visit to the correctional centre, as part of efforts to decongest correctional centres in the state.
The old man who had spent almost two years in remand at the centre with his trial ongoing in court was brought forward to be considered for bail due to his failing health.
The Chief Judge and other judges in her entourage looked at him with pity and wondered aloud how an 80-yr-old man could be accused of rape. They seemed amenable to grant him bail due to his ill-health.
The accused person though declared sick was still looking fit considering his age as he knelt before the judge.
When he was asked whether he committed the offence, he said that he did not rape the child who was the daughter of one of his tenants.
The CJ , while considering his case asked for his case file to be brought.
While going through his case file, she discovered that the testimony of the victim and her father were among the proof of evidence.
She also observed that there was also a report of medical examination carried out by one Bada in the case file which stated that the victim was defiled upon medical examination.
She asked the accused person whether any of his relatives do come to visit him at the correctional centre and he explained that his people in Arogbo were still coming even after the death of his wife.
The Chief Judge put it to him that his children and other family members did not visit him at the facility probably because they were ashamed of what he did.
She noted that she could not release him on bail as it could cause an uproar in the community.
She, therefore, ruled that he should continue with the remand pending the determination of his case, while she urged the health unit to do their best in maintaining his failing health.