Man in court for attempted rape of lunatic

A 23-year-old factory worker, Tope Akanji, who allegedly attempted to rape a lunatic, has been brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, whose address is unknown, is standing trial on a charge of attempted rape.

The prosecutor, Inspector Edet Okoi, told the court that the accused committed the offence at about 1.00 a.m. on April 3, 2014, at Sobiotimo Street, Dopemu in Agege area of Lagos.
Okoi said the accused was caught by local vigilance group while attempting to rape a mad woman.
According to him, “In his statement at the station, Akanji claimed that he suddenly felt a sexual urge and noticed the woman on the street but did not realise that she was a lunatic.”

He said the offence contravened Section 404 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned to May 5 for mention.

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