An Ikeja Excessive Courtroom on Thursday sentenced a former part-time lecturer within the College of Lagos (Unilag), Akin Baruwa, to 21 years’ imprisonment for raping an 18-year-old admission seeker.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Justice Josephine Oyefeso whereas sentencing Baruwa, described his motion as heinous.
Oyefeso held that the sentence ought to function as a deterrent to others.
“The offence dedicated in opposition to this younger girl was a violation of her chastity which might have left large emotional scars from which I pray and hope she’s going to get better.
“I can’t start to think about the bodily and psychological trauma she has needed to endure from the person she thought of her father’s pal, a neighbourhood chief who ought to have identified higher. This can be a disgrace!
“This can be a crime that not solely offends the survivor, it offends her household, it offends the society at massive, it additionally offends God.
“Extra painful right here is that the convict gave the household the impression that he was a lecturer at Unilag however his providers have been solely wanted on an ad-hoc foundation by the college,” the choice stated.
She stated that the convict appeared that he might help in giving his sufferer college admission whereas he couldn’t.
“He used the vulnerability of this younger woman to his egocentric benefit.
“The younger girl stated that the encounter lasted for 2 to 5 minutes, the convict stated 10 to 15 minutes. Was it price it at the finish of the day?
“In keeping with Part 258 of the Felony Legislation of Lagos, 2011, Baruwa Afeez Akin is hereby sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment,” she held.
Earlier, Oyefeso stated that the prosecution proved its case past affordable doubt and that the medical proof was in step with the testimony of the sufferer.
“It’s fascinating to notice that every one the graphic particulars he gave in court docket in his testimony weren’t contained in his assertion on the Surulere Police Station.
“The variations between his assertion and his proof are like night time and day. DW1 (Baruwa) has fertile creativeness and isn’t afraid to make use of it.
“The proof earlier than me overwhelmingly reveals that the sexual activity between PW3 (complainant) and DW1 was not consensual; I so maintain. The court docket is glad that the prosecution has been capable of the show its case past an affordable doubt.
“I discover you Baruwa Afeez Akin responsible of a one-count cost of rape opposite to Part 258(1) of the Felony Legislation of Lagos, 2011, and I hereby convict you accordingly,” she stated
Earlier than the sentence was handed, defence counsel, Mr. H. I. Omotoba, in his allocutus (plea for mercy), prayed the court docket to mood justice with mercy and impose a light-weight sentence on Baruwa.
“The convict is damaged and extremely remorseful of his act. The convict is a married man with kids aged 12, 10, 4 and two respectively.
“The convict additionally has aged mother and father to cater for. My lord, the convict can also be a first-time offender.
“We urge this court docket to mood justice with mercy and impose a lesser punishment on the convict,” Omotoba stated.
In his response, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Yhaqub Oshoala, expressed gratitude to the court docket.
Oshoala requested the court docket to impose a stiff sentence on Baruwa to function a deterrent to lecturers who prey sexually on college students.
He added that Baruwa was not remorseful throughout his trial.
“I’ve by no means noticed such a show of unremorsefulness in a defendant to the extent that he was calling the complainant “jeun tan” (a nasty nickname), making it appear regular for a married particular person to make use of such an expression.
“Neither the state nor the society will condone such dangerous conduct. There are lots of college students on the market who’re weak and have no one to guard them,” the DPP stated.
NAN reviews that Baruwa was arraigned on Oct. 18, 2016.
4 witnesses – the sufferer, her father, a policewoman and a medical physician – testified for the prosecution whereas Baruwa testified solely in his defence.
The complainant (sufferer) had instructed the court docket that her father took her to Baruwa’s dwelling one morning for the aim of serving to her to realize admission into Unilag.
She stated that whereas in his workplace, Baruwa instructed her to select up a chunk of paper from the ground and forcefully pushed her on a sofa and raped her.
The complainant stated she was a virgin and by no means had a boyfriend earlier than the rape that occurred three months away from her 19th birthday.
In his defence on Might 31, 2019, Baruwa described himself a neighbourhood service chief at Abesan, Lagos, and a tutorial, who laboured as a challenge supervisor on the Distant Studying Institute of Unilag from 2010 to 2015.
He instructed the court docket that the complainant was his girlfriend and that within the morning of that fateful day, she seduced him twice in his workplace at Unilag.
“Her arms have been throughout me and I awoke and checked out her. By then, she had already eliminated the buttons of her shirt and I did suck her breasts.
“She stated she wanted to drag her white shirt in order that it will not be stained; she had her denim trousers on. We have been romancing one another in that place, my lord.
“She instructed me that she needed me to have intercourse together with her and I replied that there was no means I might practise unsafe intercourse together with her; this was some minutes previous 7a.m,” Baruwa stated.
He stated that on the second event, the complainant threatened to trigger a scene if he wouldn’t have intercourse together with her and that he obliged her out of worry of her finishing up her menace.
NAN reviews that the prosecution had stated that Baruwa raped the complainant at 9.25a.m. on July 23, 2015, in Room eight on the College of Enterprise Administration Annex constructing, Unilag.
When the rape got here to gentle, Unilag, nevertheless, put up a disclaimer in respect of Baruwa.