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Court Jails Rapist For Life For Defiling UNILAG Student

Justice Abiola Soladoye of the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced a man, Collins Okechukwu, to life imprisonment for raping and robbing a 25-year-old University of Lagos (UNILAG) student.

The prosecuting counsel, Peter Owolabani had claimed that the convict committed the offence on December 17 2017, at 9.00 p.m., behind the Faculty of Arts Building, University of Lagos.

Owolabani had told the court that the convict lured the survivor behind the building after they had lodged in the Guest House and raped her.

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The convict also robbed the survivor of her phone, money and gold chain.

He further informed the court that the survivor, who later met the convict a year after the incident, invited him to her “supposed birthday party” and got him arrested.

The prosecutor called four witnesses and tendered three exhibits were during the trial to prove his case.

In her judgment, Justice Soladoye described Okechukwu as a “pathological liar”, noting that the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convict beyond a reasonable doubt.

The judge held, “The testimony of the defence portrayed him as a pathological liar in the sense that the University of Lagos (Unilag) Guest House was fully booked, and the survivor was sex-starved, which made them have sex on a bare floor.

“This is unbelievable and watery as there is no consent where force is used to have sex. The defendant lured the survivor into the Admin block, brought out a pistol, robbed her of valuables and raped her.

“The evidence of the defendant to have met the survivor at the Guest House and agreed to have sex with him was consistently laced with irregularities and found unreliable.

“The defendant is found guilty as charged of the two offences and thereby sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and 21 years jail term for robbery. The sentence shall run concurrently.

“He should have his name entered in the Sex Offenders Register of the Lagos State Government,” the judge held.

Justice Soladoye also cautioned female students in tertiary institutions to be very discerning in giving out their numbers to strangers.

Judge noted, “what manner of a woman is the victim herself? she should desist from giving out her numbers for unnecessary frolicking.”

15th April 2024
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