An Ado-Ekiti High Court has sentenced a 35-year-old man, Tope Odeyemi, to life imprisonment for rape.
The prosecution led by the state Attorney General, Mr Owoseni Ajayi told the court that the father of two committed the offence on September 4, 2014 in Iyin-Ekiti.
He said that the accused, on the said date, sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman and inflicted grievous bodily harm on her, which led to her admission in a hospital.
According to him, the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Laws Cap C 16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecution called five witnesses to prove his case while the defence counsel, Mr Taiwo Adeloye called two witnesses. Adeloye urged the court to discountenance all the evidence of the prosecution against his client, describing them as feeble and porous.
The accused claimed that the victim was his girlfriend, and because he refused to buy her a BlackBerry phone, she lied against him while the state counsel urged the court to convict Odeyemi based on the evidence laid before the court.
Justice Adekanye Ogunmoye in his judgment said, based on the confessional statement of the accused and the other corroborative evidence of the prosecution, the accused is found guilty as charged.
The judge who observed that the act of rape and defilement was rampant in the state said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other potential rapists.