A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged before Oshodi Magistrates’ court for alleged indecent assault and having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 20-year-old mentally challenged woman in Oshodi, Lagos State, western Nigeria.
The man, Itodo Stephen, allegedly had carnal knoweledge of the victim (name withheld) when she was alone in their home at Alhaji Shehu Close, Oshodi, Lagos where Stephen lives with the victim’s parents.
He was charged with indecent assault by touching her private part and rape under the Criminal Code before Magistrate Akeem A. Fashola.
Stephen was alleged to have pulled the victim’s pant and inserted his fingers inside her private part and later had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the victim did not resist him because of her mental state.
This happened when the victim’s parents were not around and while Stephen did not go to work on that day.
However, he was caught in the act by a neighbour who raised the alarm.
The victim’s parents were contacted and when they returned from work they reported the matter to the police at Makinde Division and Stephen was arrested.
At the station, he allegedly admitted that he touched her private part and had normal sex with her.
He told the police that the victim did not resist him and that he did not force her as claimed by her parents.
P.M.NEWS learnt that, because of her condition, the victim could not make statement to the police to determine whether it was actually a case of rape or not.
The police, who were initially in a dilemma over what to do with Stephen, later charged him to court for the alleged offence.
While in court, Stephen pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him and the court granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
The matter was further adjourned for hearing.
Stephen was remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when he will perfect his bail condition.