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Court remands bricklayer over rape

Court remands bricklayer over rape

By Sade Adewale
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An Ondo Magistrates’ Court has ordered the remand of a 28 -year-old bricklayer, Tope Oladiji,  in Shegede prison for  allegedly having carnal knowledge of a teenager.

The prosecution said Oladiji,  now facing one -count charge  allegedly raped the victim, Ronke Oladunjoye

The defendant,  who  pleaded not guilty to the charge, was said to have committed the offence  on May 6 ,2019 at about 10:00am at Olorunkole Street, Yaba, Ondo, contrary to and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The charge sheet read in part,”That you, Tope Oladiji on May 6, 2019, at about 10:00am at Olorunkole street Yaba, Ondo, in the Ondo Magisterial District did rape one Ronke Oladunjoye  and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 358 of the Criminal code cap 37 volume 1 laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Olagbaju Adekemi,asked  the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the advice from the Director of Public Prosecution in the Ministry of Justice.

Lawyer for the defendants, Mr Israel Ikuemenisan did not oppose the application made by the prosecutor to remand his client in  prison,  pending the legal advice from the Director of public prosecution.

In her ruling, Mrs Ijeh Christiana, granted the prosecutor’s prayer and  ordered the  remand of  the defendant pending ourcome of the  legal advice from the DPP.

She  adjourned the case till  July 17, 2019 for legal advice.

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