By Victor Ogunje
A High Court in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, has sentenced one Farotimi Samuel to life imprisonment for conspiracy and rape.
In his judgement, Justice Adekunle Adeleye said: “ 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. He is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.”
According to the charge sheet, the act was committed in 2018 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 contravened Sections 516 of the Criminal Code 31 of the Child Right Law, Cap C16 and C7, laws of Ekiti State 2012.
In her testimony before the court, the victim said she went to buy Garri and sugar, and on her way home, she was accosted by three men, who covered her mouth and took her to an uncompleted building where they took turn to rape her.
She added that the victim could recognise the accused person among those that were arrested by the police.
To prove his case, the prosecutor, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, called five witnesses, while the accused confessional statement was tendered as exhibit.
The accused spoke in his defence through his counsel, Chris Omokhafe, and called no witness.