Engineer Jailed for Rape


Justice Adedayo Akintoye of Lagos state high court in igbosere on monday sentenced former exmobile engineer James Onuoha to 15years imprisonment for raping his tenant 14-year old niece.

Onuoha was alledged to have engaged in an unlawful sexual act with the victim without her consent on January 4,2016 around 11:30am at No 25 samuel Amoore street,Idowu estate,oke-ira nla Ajah,Lagos.

Onuoha was first arraigned in January 2016 before the Igbosere magistrate court on four counts bordering on defilement and his case was sent to the director of police prosecutions for advise.

The matter was transferred to the high court for trial following the DPP legal advise .

During the trial,the prosecution called witnesses including the victim.Onuoha had told the court that he visited the scene of the incident to inspect the apartment rented by Kenneth who was not at home.Onuoha told the court that the tenant does not pick his calls and he decided to meet him at home.

According to him,when he got to the house he was allowed in by the victim who told him she was 16 meanwhile Kenneth was not at home.He added that he did not rape the girl but gave her N1000 as a gift because it was Christmas period.

Delivering her judgement on monday,Justice Akintoye held thst the prosecution had proven it case beyond reasonable doubt.

Before sentencing the convict ,the defense counsel,Victor Olowonla urged the judge to temper justice with mercy.

However,Justice Akintoye sentenced Onuoha to 15years imprisonment.

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