A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a 33-year-old motorcyclist, Michael Ahmed to life imprisonment for raping his passenger.
According to report, the passenger is a minor as at the time the convict committed the offence in 2013.
In his judgement, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, said that the prosecution had succeeded in proving the case against the defendant beyond reasonable doubts.
Justice Oshodi noted that the evidence of the victim was concise and clear while the defendant’s evidence is distorted before the court.
The judge noted that the convict tried to distort the facts in the timing of the incident and how he got to the police station on the day of the incident.
Justice Oshodi stated that there was a clear evidence before the court that the defendant forced himself on the survivor, and there was also proof that the convict bit the survivor on the shoulder.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment which is the statutory sentence for rape and three years jail term for serious assault. This should take effect from July 25, 2013 that he had been in detention,” the court ruled.
Earlier before judgement, the convict counsel, Mr Ramon Bashir, in his allocutus, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, noting that the defendant had no prior criminal record.
“My Lord the convict is a young man who I believe has turned a new leaf. My Lord, the convict is pleading before the court to temper Justice with mercy,” he prayed.
Responding to his plea, Justice Oshodi ruled that the court has clearly considered the allocutos presented by the defence counsel, however, the offence of rape is mandatory and the court has no power to pronounce a lesser offence.
During the trial, four witnesses- the survivor, her father, an investigative police officer and a medical doctor from the Ikorodu General Hospital testified for the prosecution while the convict, his sister and a vigilante who knew the convict, testified for the defence.