Court sentences man to life imprisonment for raping, robbing student at UNILAG

Court sentences man to life imprisonment for raping, robbing student at UNILAG

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja on Tuesday sentenced a man, Collins Okechukwu, to life imprisonment for raping and robbing a 25-year-old student (name withheld) at the University of Lagos.

 

Delivering judgement, Justice Abiola Soladoye, who described Okechukwu as a “pathological liar,” held that prosecution had proved the charges of rape and robbery against him beyond reasonable doubt.

 

Okechukwu was consequently sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and 21 years’ imprisonment for robbery.

 

The judge, however, ordered that the two sentences should run concurrently.

 

Soladoye said: “The testimony of the defendant portrayed him as a pathological liar, in the sense that he claimed that University of Lagos Guest House was fully booked and the survivor was sex-starved, which made them to have sex on bare floor.

 

“This is unbelievable and watery.

 

“The defendant lured the survivor into the Admin Block, brought out a pistol, raped her and robbed her of her valuables thereafter.

 

“The claim of the defendant to have met the survivor at the guest house and she 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 in respect to rape and 21 years’ jail term for robbery.

 

“The sentences shall run concurrently.

 

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

 

The judge, however, cautioned female students in tertiary institutions against giving out their telephone numbers to strangers.

 

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

 

In the trial, four witnesses testified and three exhibits were tendered.

 

The prosecution counsel, Mr Peter Owolabani, told the court that Okechukwu committed the crime on Dec. 17, 2017, around 9.00 p.m., behind the Faculty of Arts Building, UNILAG.

 

He said that the convict also robbed his victim of her phones, cash and a gold chain.

 

He also said that the lady met the offender one year after the incident, invited him to her supposed birthday party and got him arrested.

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