An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti yesterday sentenced a 35-year-old man, Tope Odeyemi, to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of rape.
Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye, in his judgment, convicted the accused, after finding him guilty of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman and inflicting grievous bodily harm on her which led to her admission in a hospital.
He added that the culprit was guilty as charged and that he must face the consequences of his action, saying “he should face no other consequence than to go for life imprisonment,” the judge ruled.
Knowing well that the act of rape and defilement was rampant in the state, the judge further said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other potential rapists.
During trial, the prosecution, led by the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, told the court that the father of two committed the offence on September 4, 2014 in Iyin-Ekiti.
According to him, the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
The prosecution called five witnesses to prove his case while the defence counsel, Mr. Taiwo Adeloye, called two witnesses.
The state counsel also urged the court to convict Odeyemi based on the evidence laid before the court.
Adeloye urged the court to dismiss all the evidence of the prosecution against his client, describing them as weak.
The trial judge in his judgment pronounced the accused guilty based on his confessional statement and other corroborative evidence.