Ikeja Sexual Offence and Domestic Violence Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, sentenced a bricklayer, Edet Imoh, 40, to five years in prison for allegedly raping a commercial sex worker.
The prosecution led by Mrs B.T Boye explained to the court during the trial that the convict committed the offence on March 11, 2017, at 1.30am at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to Boye, “The convict met the complainant at Farm City Lekki Phase 1, while he was having his lunch. They exchanged pleasantries and agreed to have sex afterwards.
“Ejiro Umokoro told me to pay her N50,000 for having sexual intercourse with her but l begged her to collect N40,000 to which she agreed.
“We later took a cab to Awolowo Road at Ikoyi to use my friend’s house but unfortunately he wasn’t around.
“I told Umukoro to go back but she refused and said l must pay her for bringing her out so we had sex somewhere around.
“We laid a wrapper on the floor and had sex after which she demanded the N40,000. l told her that l had only N9,000 but she refused to collect it from me.
“She refused to collect the N9,000 and tried to hold my shirt but l ran away.”
Umukoro, a commercial sex worker in her testimony, however, denied the allegations.
She said: “The defendant took me to an agreed place but on getting there, the gateman refused to open the gate saying that the madam of the house was around.
“I told the defendant to call the cabman that brought us to come back and pick us but he refused. Suddenly, the defendant attacked me from behind, tried to strangle me by pressing my neck till l fainted.
“He then raped me and stole my blackberry passport phone and Nokia phone all valued at N131,000.
“On April 6, 2017, l got hold of the defendant at Farm City Lekki Phase 1 and reported him to the police at Maroko Police Station,” Umokoro said.
The convict charged with two counts of rape and theft, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the prosecution, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 361 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
Justice Sybil Nwaka, in ruling, sentenced Edet to five years in prison for allegedly raping the commercial sex worker.
Nwaka, who did not give the convict an option of fine, said the sentence will serve as a deterrent to others.
Nwaka also admonished the 25-year-old complainant to desist from prostitution as it is illegal and that the Lagos State Government was on the move to sanitise the state against such act.