Richard Ginika Izuora
An Ekiti State High Court in on Monday sentenced a 27-year- old man, Farotimi Samuel to life imprisonment for conspiracy and rape of a minor.
Justice Adekunle Adeleye pronounced the man guilty,in his judgement.
The Judge pronounces, “I hold that the prosecution has established the ingredients of the offence of rape against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt. He is found guilty as charged and is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.”
According to the charge sheet, the act was committed by the man on January 29, 2018.
The incident took place at Oke-Ureje, Federal Polytechnic Road, Ado Ekiti; when the accused conspired with others at large to rape a 14-year-old girl.
The offence, according to prosecution contravenes sections 516 of the Criminal code; 31 of the Child Right Law, Cap C16 and C7, laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
Earlier, the victim told the court that she went to buy garri and sugar and on her way back, she was stopped by three men.
The men had proceeded to cover her mouth and took her to an uncompleted building.
Further, she said that at the building, they all forcefully had sexual intercourse with her; adding that she could only recognise the convicted person among them.
To prove his case, the prosecutor, Mr Olawale Fapohunda called five witnesses; while the convict’s confessional statement was also tendered as exhibit.
The convict spoke through his counsel Chris Omokhafe and called no witness.