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Man, 45 bags seven year jail term for raping octogenarian in Ekiti



courts-landingBy Salihu A. Modibbo

An Ado Ekiti High Court on Monday sentenced a 45-year-old commercial driver, Lawrence Adedapo, to seven years imprisonment for raping an 80-year- old women, Madam Grace Asaolu.
It may be recalled that the sentence on Adedapo has brought to five the number of persons convicted for the offence in the last two years in the area with one of them bagging life sentence.
Before his sentence on Monday,  Justice Dele Omotoso said he convicted Adedapo based on evidence before the court which showed that the driver forcefully had carnal knowledge of the old woman and was guilty as charged.
According to the court, the convict sexually assaulted the
octogenarian on Nov. 7, 2013 at Oke Erimope Street,
Ogbese, Ise-Ekiti and was subsequently charged to court.
In the course of the trial, Adedapo was said to have pleaded
not guilty to the charge and gave evidence in his own defence,
but called no witness to back his claims.
In his testimony, Adedapo, who described the old woman as
his “mother as well as his concubine” whom he had been dating
as far back as his bachelor days, claimed that Asaolu framed
him up.
He claimed that the old woman had earlier approached him for
a sum of money to travel to her village, but on that date, she
walked into his room and demanded for the money.
The driver claimed that the old woman started romancing him
which eventually led to a sexual intercourse after he had given
her N1,000.
The prosecution, led by the Attorney General and Commissioner
for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, gave evidence that the convict
confessed to have been dating the woman before the incident and that she consented to the sexual intercourse.
Ajayi tendered the blood-stained clothes of the victim which
was recovered from the scene of the incident.
The trial judge resolved all issues in determination against
Adedapo and consequently sentenced him to a jail term of
seven years for having unlawful carnal knowledge of the old

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