Court Remands Couple For Rape, Assault Of 19- Year-Old House Help In Lagos

Israel Adeleke

An Ogudu Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos State, on Tuesday, remanded a couple, Omolara Alashe, 36, and her husband, Ramoni Lateef, 40, for allegedly assaulting and raping their 19-year-old househelp

The defendants appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. M.O. Tanimola, who declined to accept their plea and instead ordered their remand at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending the receipt of advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions.

Tanimola, however adjourned the case till June 8 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Donjor Perezi, told the court that the couple committed the offences sometime in March this year at their residence in Igbonla, Ketu, Lagos State.

Perezi told the court that the husband, who is the first defendant, had sexual intercourse with their 19-year-old housekeeper while his wife, the second defendant, usually wakes the girl up at night, strips her naked and instructs her husband to rape the victim without her consent.

“Alashe beats the victim up and penetrated her vagina with her fingers till she started bleeding. She also denied the victim of her salaries and seized her GTB ATM card as well as her sim card.

“She also converted her salaries to her own personal use,” the prosecutor told the court, adding that “the case was reported to the police, leading to their arrest.”

However, Perezi said, the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 260, 137, 287 and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Section 260 stipulates life imprisonment, while 287 attracts three years jail term for stealing.

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