A medical doctor, Mrs Sekinat Oredoyin, has told a Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja, how one, Prophet Olushola Akinsipe, allegedly defiled a 13-year-old visually-impaired girl on the pretext of praying for her.
Oredoyin, a public health physician at the Yaba Local Council Development Area, LCDA, noted that she had 13-years work experience, while being led in evidence by the State Counsel, Michael Adewoye.
The witness told the Court that the victim / survivor presented herself for medical examination alongside her father on December 12, 2020.
According to her, the victim narrated how the defendant, a Pastor with the Power of the Home Deliverance Ministry, forcefully had sexual intercourse with her on five different occasions.
She said: “The victim and her father were referred to the facility from the Owutu Police Station. They came into the facility about 2.36pm., and the survivor complained of forceful penetration.
“The victim is a visually-impaired child, and her father took her to the defendant for deliverance.”
She stated that the defendant gave the victim an unknown substance to drink and after that, she could not remember anything.
She noted that she later narrated what happened to her father, after he discovered a brownish discharge under her pant and interrogated her.
The witness further told the Court that the victim had hyper pigmentation around her face and some marks on her waist, which she told her (physician) resulted from the injuries she sustained, during the deliverance.
“The victim said the defendant beats her with banana leaves, during the deliverance and also scrubbed her back with salt.
“The medical examination findings were in keeping with forceful vagina penetration.
“The blood samples showed pregnancy test was negative but because of the sore on her body, I directed her to Domestic Sexual Violence Agency for counselling.
“At that time, she was depressed as she believed she was the one who killed her mother and she was made to believe her father was not progressing because of her.
“I concluded my report and sent it back to the police,” she said.
Under cross-examination by the Defence Counsel, Boladale Obafemi, the witness told the Court that the medical report was scanned on her phone and she did not take samples of the sore she saw on the victim’s body for examination.
She further told the Court that she had never met the defendant and she did not request to get the DNA samples of the defendant from the police to match with the victim’s.
The defendant is facing a three-count charge of defilement, indecent treatment of a child and trial by ordeal.
The offences contravene Sections 128 (b), 135 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned the matter til April 17 for continuation of trial.