A file photograph of the Lagos State Excessive Court docket in Ikeja
A Lagos Excessive Court docket sitting within the Ikeja space has convicted and sentenced a former part-time lecturer, Afeez Baruwa, to 21 years imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old woman who was searching for admission into the college.
Baruwa was convicted on one rely of rape leveled in opposition to him by the state authorities.
The convict was stated to have raped the sufferer inside a lecture room when she was searching for admission into the college.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso who delivered the judgment on Thursday held that the prosecution has confirmed its case past cheap doubt and, subsequently, discovered the defendant responsible of the cost.
The defence counsel, in his allocutus (plea for mercy earlier than sentence), stated that rape was an offence of life imprisonment if discovered responsible.
He, subsequently, requested the courtroom to mood justice with mercy.
He additionally stated that the convict was a primary time offender, a married man with 4 youngsters and aged mother and father, all of whom he has to cater for.
In her sentence, Justice Oyefeso stated she “cannot begin to imagine the emotional trauma of the girl”.
“The convict offended his family, the victim, the society and God,” she stated.
The choose subsequently sentenced the convict to 21 years imprisonment.
The prosecution had alleged that the previous lecturer raped at 9.25am on July 23, 2015, in Room eight on the College of Enterprise Administration Annex constructing of UNILAG.
The sufferer’s father who was a pal of the lecturer had sought his assist to safe admission for his daughter into the establishment.
The rape was stated to have occurred when she was in Baruwa’s workplace to make preparations for her admission into the college.
4 prosecution witnesses had testified throughout Baruwa’s trial, together with the complainant, her father, a medical physician, and the investigating police officer.
The prosecution closed its case in opposition to the lecturer on January 23, 2018.
Baruwa testified solely in his defence, claiming that the complainant was his girlfriend and that he had consensual sexual activity along with her.
He additionally alleged that the woman had seduced him in his workplace on the day the crime was dedicated.