Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Rape

An Ado-Ekiti High Court has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Tope Odeyemi, to life im­prisonment for rape.

The prosecution led by the state Attorney General, Mr Owoseni Ajayi told the court that the father of two committed the offence on September 4, 2014 in Iyin-Ekiti.

He said that the accused, on the said date, sexually as­saulted a 27-year-old wom­an and inflicted grievous bodily harm on her, which led to her admission in a hospital.

According to him, the of­fence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Laws Cap C 16, Laws of Eki­ti State, 2012.

The prosecution called five witnesses to prove his case while the defence coun­sel, Mr Taiwo Adeloye called two witnesses. Adeloye urged the court to discoun­tenance all the evidence of the prosecution against his client, describing them as feeble and porous.

The accused claimed that the victim was his girlfriend, and because he refused to buy her a BlackBerry phone, she lied against him while the state counsel urged the court to convict Odeyemi based on the evidence laid before the court.

Justice Adekanye Ogun­moye in his judgment said, based on the confessional statement of the accused and the other corroborative evidence of the prosecution, the accused is found guilty as charged.

The judge who observed that the act of rape and de­filement was rampant in the state said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other potential rapists.

Source: BreakingTimes

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