Undergraduate bags 21 years’ imprisonment for raping fellow students
Posted by News Express | 30 June 2021 | 93 times
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday sentenced a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), Afeez Ogunbowale, to 21 years imprisonment for involvement in armed robbery and rape of two fellow LASU students.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Ogunbowale after finding him guilty of five counts bordering on conspiracy, rape and armed robbery.
Justice Taiwo said that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
She held that the testimony of the victims was compelling, adding that they were able to positively identify Ogunbowale as one of the culprits.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for conspiracy, 21 years’ imprisonment each for counts of armed robbery and 21 years’ imprisonment each for counts of rape. The sentences are to run concurrently,” she said.
On hearing the sentence, Ogunbowale who has been suspended by LASU over the case wept profusely at the dock.
The prosecution team led by Mrs O.A Bajulaiye-Bishi had said that the defendant committed the offences alongside others who are at large, on April 18, 2018, at the Okokomaiko area of Lagos.
“The defendant and his accomplices, while armed with a gun, knife, machete and bottle, robbed the two students in their off-campus accommodation. They were robbed of their phones, power bank, earpiece, gold chain and N1, 200.
“The defendant and one of his accomplices who is still at large had unlawful sexual intercourse with the complainants. The offences contravene Sections 260(1) and 297(2)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,” she said.
In their testimonies on November 4, 2019, the two students, told the court that they lost their virginities to the attack
The witnesses said they were robbed by five men but raped by two members of the gang – Ogunbowale and another – who is at large.
They said that they were able to identify Ogunbowale through Facebook, adding that they belonged to the same faculty.
The complainants testified that when they confronted the convict at a police station, he prostrated and begged for forgiveness.
In his defence on September 30, 2020, the convict denied involvement in the crime and gave an alibi to the court.
Led in evidence by defence counsel, Mr Bisi Salau, he said that on the night the offences were committed, he was in the school premises preparing for an examination which was to begin in May 2018.
Courtesy (excluding headline) NAN
Source: News Express
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