By Wahab Akinlade
The trial of the Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Dr Olufemi Olaleye alleged to have sexually abused his wife niece resumes today with the testimony of child forensic interview expert, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode.
Mrs Ajayi-Kayode, been led in evidence by the Director, Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, Dr. Jide Martins, the child forensic interview expert narrated to the court how Dr Olaleye groomed the survivor into serial sexual activities and deflowered her while living with her auntie.
Mrs Ajayi-Kayode who is a Chief Forensic officer with Cece Yara Foundation, told the court that the survivor informed her that Dr Olaleye asked her, “are you still a virgin? Why are you still keeping your virginity. Virginity is no longer in vogue. Girls of 12, 13, 14 are no longer virgin.”
The child forensic expert further told the court that the survivor told her that the first time the defendant had sex with her, she experienced “sharp pain and there was blood and that he (Dr Olaleye) took tissue paper and wiped the blood.”
She said when asked if anybody has ever done anything to her that she doesn’t like, that the survivor answered in the negative.
According to her, the survivor said she sleeps on the floor in the children’s room and the defendant would normally come there in the night, pretend as if making sure the windows were okay.
She said he would tap her and asked her to go and prepare coffee for him.
She sai it was in the course of preparing the coffee that the defendant defendant started touching her inappropriately by fingering her private part and ordered her to perform oral sex on him.
She said whenever she attempted to resist him, the defendant would threaten her life and that of her auntie.
Mrs Ajayi-Kayode told the court that the survivor informed her that the defendant normally defiled her in part of the house not covered by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV).
She said one particular day, the survivor was waiting by the security house based on the instructions of her auntie that she should not be staying alone inside the house, when the defendant arrived and ordered her inside the house.
“When they got inside, he asked her to prepare ‘amala’ for him. In the process of doing this, he came into the kitchen and took her to his study and had sex with her and warned her not to tell anyone.
“After that, the abuses became more regular, having sex with her and sometimes, oral sex.”
Mrs Ajayi-Kayode said the survivor informed her that one day, she was washing clothes outside their house and was soliloquizing her experience, that she was tired of the constant abuse by the doctor.
She said this was when the driver, Waheed, heard her and convinced her to narrate her experience to him and she did and pleaded with him not to tell anyone.
The child forensic interview specialist concluded: “he (Dr Olaleye) gained access to the child and use his position as husband of her auntie to gain position of sexual abuse, using coercion to maintain control and to suppress the abuse.”
Under cross examination by defense counsel, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), the child forensic expert insisted that she drew her conclusion based on her interview with the survivor.
She denied interacting with the police since they were part of the investigation.
She insisted that the defendant serially abuse the survivor.
After her testimony, the court admitted in evidence that recorded video of the experiences of the 16-year-old survivor was played in court as an exhibit.
The court also admitted evidence alongside the video stored in a USB Drive with the report of the forensic interview and certificate of compliance.
Dr. Olaleye is facing a two-count charge of child defilement before the court.