A Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court sitting in Ikeja, on Friday, 25th June, 2021 sentenced a 43year old trader, Adelaja Oloyede, to 25 years imprisonment for raping a tailor at Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Justice Abiola Soladoye delivered the judgement in suit no ID/8849C/19 between the State of Lagos vs Adelaja Oloyede.
The defendant was earlier arraigned on 10th of April, 2019 by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Lagos State Ministry of Justice on a one- count charge of rape.
Adelaja Oloyede who pleaded not guilty committed the crime of rape in 2017 at his residence on No. 2, Adelaja Str. Ikorodu, Lagos .
The Prosecuting team led by Olusola Soneye, a deputy director in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions said the victim, apart from being raped was sexually harrassed and coaxed to insert some fetish substance into her private part.
He added that the victim who was a virgin before the incident pleaded with the defendant during the rape incident, but her plea fell on deaf ears.
” The defendant overpowered her, tore her underwear and raped her.
As a result of the rape the victim fell ill and was treated in Kwara State”, Prosecuting Counsel, Olusola noted.
The Prosecuting team presented before the court four Witnesses; the victim, her sister, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) and a Medical doctor.
The Prosecution also tendered the victim’s blood- stained underwear and a black- tie as exhibits to the Court.
According to the victim, the defendant, forcefully had sexual intercourse with her and inserted a fetish substance in her private part afterwards.
“I was on my way to church on the day of the incident, Oloyede shook my hands and thereafter I followed him to his house, where he led me into a room where there was numerous fetish items”
“He asked me to kneel and he made several incantations” the victim explained.
The victim told the court that she reported the crime to the authorities immediately after she left the defendant’s residence.
Justice Abiola Soladoye found the defendant guilty of the charge of rape contrary to section 260 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
She said that the Prosecution team had proved its case against the defendant beyond all reasonable doubts.
Consequently, the defendant having been found guilty of the charge of rape was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the Court.
The Judge further ordered that Oloyede Adelaja should be registered as a Sex Offender in the Lagos State Sex Offender’s Register.