Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, will on June 27, hear an application for bail filed by Exxon Mobil engineer, James Ikenna Onuoha, who is standing trial for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl.
Last January 14, Chief Magistrate O. A. Ogunbowale of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court granted Onuoha N2 million bail, with two sureties in the like sum, following his arraignment for the same offence.
He was charged with willful indecent act, unlawful sexual intercourse, unlawful and indecent deals and having sexual intercourse with an underage girl.
The case was then transferred to the High Court following advice from the Lagos State Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).
On June 21, Onuoha, 42, was arraigned at the High Court on one count of defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 filed against him by the state.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, following which defence counsel, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, filed the application for bail.
The defendant is accused of committing the alleged offence on Samuel Amoore Street at Idowu Estate in Oke Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos last January 4.
The alleged victim is a niece of the defendant’s tenant.