Olawale Ayeni, a 44-year-old native doctor, was found guilty of raping a married lady and was given a 10-year prison sentence with hard labor by Justice O. F. Enenmo of Kwale High Court in Delta State.
The defendant was arraigned before the court on a one-count charge of rape punishable under section 358 of the Criminal Law Code, Cap C21 Vol. 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.
The defendant was alleged to have had carnal knowledge of a married woman without her consent, on July 11, 2020 at Irri in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution led by Mrs. Ejovwokwe Arhuere Oghorodje, a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Justice, called three witnesses and tendered the confessional statement of the defendant and the medical report of the married woman.
The victim was in her home caring for her infant when the defendant arrived and demanded to speak with her. The victim told the defendant to wait, but he insisted and asked her to come out, the prosecution told the court.
The victim added that the defendant blew a whitish substance on her face as soon as she exited from her apartment to meet him.
The only thing she could recall after that, according to her, was seeing herself seated in the defendant’s home.
The defendant then cut her face and back with razor blade and proceeded to have carnal knowledge of her without her consent. He warned and threatened her not to tell her husband or anybody about the incident.
The woman then reported to her husband’s relatives and the local vigilante. The defendant was later arrested and handed over to the police where he made confessional statement.
In his defence in court, the defendant retracted his confessional statement and told the court that he knows the victim, as someone who brings customers to him for preparation of traditional medicine.
According to him, she visited him on July 8, 2020, and asked him to make medicine that she would use to swindle men.
He stated that he charged her N28,000 which she was unable to pay. She came back on July 9, 2020 and requested him to use his own money to prepare the charm, but he refused.
He denied making any incision on any part of her body or put any medicine into her mouth or had sexual intercourse with her.
Delivering judgment, Justice Enemo held that he believed the evidence of the prosecution witnesses and that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. He therefore, dismissed the defence put up by the defendant.
The defendant was subsequently found guilty and given a 10-year sentence that included hard labor.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the judgment, Director, Sexual Offences Unit of the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. P. U. Akamagwuna commended the court for the judgment.
She stated that the Ministry of Justice will continue to prosecute all sex offenders as the state will never tolerate such crimes within its environs.
Ayeni has since been enrolled in the Delta State Sex Offenders Register and his details uploaded to the national database. This is in line with the provisions of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law 2020.