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Man sentenced to 20 years in prison on rape charges

Three years after being raped by a cultist, and going through emotional torture, an undergraduate of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, and her friend gets justice as court convicted the culprit.

The Lagos State Special Offences Court, sentenced the culprit, Tayo Bakare, to twenty years’ imprisonment with hard labour as a lesson to others.

Bakare was arraigned on eight counts charge bordering on conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, deprivation of liberty and rape.

The prosecution said the offences contravened sections 260(1) (2), 272, 297(1) and 299 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015.

The 19-year-old victim had alleged that Bakare, on August 27, 2017, in the Ikotun area, ordered her to remove her clothes, took her nude pictures with her phone and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.

She further told the court that 24-year-old Bakare pretended as a family friend and lured her to a hotel, where he raped her and threatened to kill her.

Bakare, who denied raping the two friends, however, admitted having sexual intercourse with them.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Abiola Soladoye discharged and acquitted the convict on four out of the eight counts and found him guilty on the others.

In her pronouncement, the judge ordered the convict to serve ten years in respect of count two, ten years in respect of count four, ten years in respect of count six and twenty years in respect of count eight.

Justice Soladoye stated that the sentences are to run concurrently.

Wahab Akinlade

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