Teacher Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting 13 Year Old Girl Asked To Pay "Just" N200,000 Fine

A college teacher in Edo state who has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year old girl was given a fine option of N200,000 raising concerns among stakeholders who see the monetary punishment as being too lenient considering the crime.

The 47-year old teacher, Rotimi Olayemi, was arraigned at the magistrates’ court, Benin on a four count charge bordering on sexual assault of a minor. He was alleged to have committed the crime on May 26, 2014, when he invited the female student to his office where he
hugged, kissed and fondled her.

The offence is a violation of Section 360 of the Criminal Code, Cap 48, Vol. II, Law of the defunct Bendel state of Nigeria, 1976 as applicable in Edo State.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges but he was found guilty by the presiding magistrate and sentenced accordingly to one year in prison for each count; making a total of four years. 

What actually raised controversy is the option of a N50,000 fine for each fine (making N200,000 in total) offered to the defendant in place of the prison sentence by the Judge.

What do you think? Was the Judge right to have given the man a N200,000 fine option to escape serving his four years jail term?