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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I Only Put My Hand, I Didn't Rape Her. Emmanuel Okorie Speaks In Court

A driver, Emmanuel Okorie, who allegedely defiled his
neighbour’s 15-year-old sister, has denied the allegation
leveled against him by the Lagos State Government.
The defendant, who is standing trial before a Lagos High
Court sitting in Igbosere, on Wednesday, told Justice
Oluwatoyin Ipaye: “I let her go when I discovered that
she was a virgin. I put my hand in her vagina and when I
noticed that she was a virgin, I didn’t have sex with her.”
The suspect said that the incident occurred at his elder
sister’s house in Ejigbo area of Lagos.
The defendant, who was led in trial within trial by his
counsel Mr Worer Obuagbaka, insisted that he didn’t
make any confessional statement, nor told his
investigative police officer that he had sex with the
victim.
“This statement you are seeing was not written by me, I
was not given any paper to write. l was inside the cell,
when a man nicked named Sean Paul, came and brought
me out to where the IPO was.
“The the next thing he did was to slap me and then I saw
Inspector Amina Adeoye with an envelope and I was
asked to sign.
”When I asked to read the statement, Sean Paul hit me on
my forehead and I started bleeding, I did not read the
statement I signed under duress.”
Lagos State Prosecutor Mr Akin George, called the third
prosecution witness, Inspector Amina Adeoye, who
narrated how she recorded the defendant’s statement.
She said: ”On December 1, 2015, a case of defilement
was transferred from Ejigbo Police Station to State
Criminal Investigation Department SCID, Panti Yaba, and
the victim that was defiled was 15-year-old then.”
“I took the statement of the victim and after the
defendant’s statement had been taken, we had to refer
the victim to Mirabel Center at Lagos University Teaching
Hospital LASUTH, she was treated and the report was
sent to our office.
She also told the Court that she read the statement
Okorie made at Ejigbo, where he denied committing the
offence, adding that she did not force him, to sign the
statement.
“He wrote the statement that the girl and her friend were
actually coming back from school, when the incident
occurred”, Adeoye said.
The defendant was first arraigned on a count charge of
defilement on December 14, 2015, at Yaba Magistrate’s
Court.
He was alleged to have committed the offence on
November 26, 2015, he was also arraingned before the
High Court in April, 2017.
The victim, a Senior Secondary School Student, had told
the Court that she and her friend, were coming back from
School, around 4pm.
She said that the defendant called her, because her aunt
sells provision, and said he bought a drink from her aunt
that she should help him return the bottle.
The Victim who was led in evidence in Chief by the Lagos
State Prosecutor Mr Akin George, said that the defendant
who lives downstairs, in the same house with her,
dragged her into his room and asked if she was a virgin.
She said: “He asked me if I was a virgin, I told him I am.
After a while, I saw my skirt down and wet, I saw myself
on the bed after he was through with what he did, he
opened the door I was crying and he started pleading
with me.
“He had sex with me and I was crying and pleading that
he should leave me, but he did not listen to me.
“I fell sick, I was crying and went to my friend’s mother’s
shop, she asked me what happened. He was at my back
begging me to stop crying. He was about to run away
when he was apprehended”
The case has been adjourned till July, 5, for continuation
of trial.

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