Update: Meet professional football Ismaheel Akinade of Waterford FC
Akinade was due to be deported after his conviction, but was granted asylum by Justice Barton because he was a ‘hot prosepect for the future for Irish football’
During our investigation, we have learned that many people in Waterford including the Nigerian community had no clue.
Three young Kildare residents have each received suspended sentences for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl
Judge Mary Ellen Ring today apologised to the female victim, who was 14 years old at the time, for the four year delay in getting the case completed.
She said she was considering this delay when sentencing Leixlip men Edgar Ojo (20), Olajafar Adetoro (21) and Ismaheel Akinade (20) (pictured above) to two years suspended for three years.
Judge Ring criticised the time issue, saying: “These matters should not take four years to get through the prosecution process. All parties should endeavour to deal with the case.”
Ojo, of Lough Na Mona Park, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the girl in the downstairs toilet of his home on March 25, 2010.
He also admitted attempting to defile the girl in his kitchen and defiling her in a forest clearing, also on March 25, 2010.
Adetoro, of Easton Close, admitted defiling the girl in Leixlip locations on 27 February, 2010 and again on March 25, 2010.
Akinade, of Rinawade Vale, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted defilement at Ojo’s home on March 15, 2010.
He also pleaded guilty to attempted defilement on March 25, 2010 at the same premises.
Judge Ring said: “It is not acceptable that the injured party has had it hanging over her for four long years.”
The judge acknowledged the case delay has added to the victim’s distress and also affected the three men’s lives.
She commented that three others accused of similar offences against the injured party had been dealt with before another circuit court
The judge further noted that the three men will carry a sexual offence conviction with them, which may “cause them not to get employment, or to lose employment.”
She said this was punishment in itself and was likely to come back against them in many years to come.
At the sentence hearing in July, the court heard the offences all took place with several people present.
The court was told that the defendants were all 16-years-old at the time
On one occasion two of the offenders, Adetoro & Ojo took turns to rape the girl in a forest clearing. Akinade was not present on that occasion
The victim read her Victim Impact Statement in court, describing how people called her “a slut and a whore” after her identity was made public by friends of the offenders
She said she was still on anti-depressants, and had suicidal ideation four years on as a direct result of the abuse. She is constantly discussed on social media.
She revealed her family relationships have broken down due to attitudes about pre-marital sex.
The woman said though she feels isolated and depressed, she didn’t want people to feel sorry for her.
Garda Paul Carney told Roisin Lacey BL, prosecuting, that one of the men had sex with the girl three times in a friends’ sitting room while a number of others were present.
On March 25, the girl told gardaí that two of the three accused took it in turns to pin her to the ground and forcefully have sex with her.
Some days later the girl made a statement to gardaí and the men were arrested.
DNA from semen of Adetoro & Ojo was found on her clothing, and on two condoms found in the forest clearing.
Gda Carney said the girl revealed she had been in pain during the some of the sexual assaults but she let the youths abuse her “because that’s what they do and I had no choice.”
On March 25, 2010 she told gardai she went with a group of friends to a forest clearing, and one of the youths put a black leather jacket down on the ground.
Two of the offenders took it in turns to pin the girl down and have sex with her.
One of them said, “You look like you’re going to cry.” She said she slapped him across the face and asked: “Can you blame me?”
Gda Carney agreed with counsel for the three men that each had been co-operative.