A 19-year-old Ghanaian, Joe Osein, who was on Tuesday arraigned before an Osun State Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo, said he raped his victim after consuming several bottles of alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
The police prosecutor, Abiodun Fagboyinbo, said Osein confessed to feeling bad after he had committed the crime alongside one Gbenga Ayelangbe, a commercial motorcyclist, on June 16, 2019, around 10pm in Osogbo.
Osein and Ayelangbe, having thoroughly beaten the victim, took her on a motorcycle to the latter’s residence in the Kolawole area of Osogbo, where they allegedly raped her, stole her mobile phone and bag containing the sum of N34,500.
The prosecutor added that the offences contravened Cap 516 A(1) , 335, 357 and 390(4) B, Laws of Osun State, 2003.
The accused, who were arraigned on five counts bordering on rape and stealing, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Osein told the magistrate, M. Awodele, that he was out of his senses after consuming bottles of an alcoholic drink and smoking cigarettes.
He pleaded for leniency.
Ayelangbe, on his part, said his wife left him after a misunderstanding, adding that though he did not drink alcohol, he could not control his urge on the day of the incident.
The accused did not have legal representation in court.
Awodele remanded them in prison and adjourned the matter till July 30, 2019.
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