A Lagos State High Court sitting at Ikeja on Wednesday sentenced a 33-year-old motorcyclist, Michael Ahmed, to life imprisonment for raping his 21-year-old passenger on an estate.
The victim was raped by the defendant on her way from church.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the defence counsel, Mr Ramon Bashir, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, noting that the defendant had no prior criminal record.
Delivering judgment, Justice Hakeem Oshodi held that the prosecution proved the case against Ahmed beyond reasonable doubt.
â€œThe evidence of the victim is concise and clear, while the defendantâ€™s evidence is distorted before the court.
â€œHe tried to distort the facts in the timing of the incident, how he got to the police station and the name he was called on the day of the incident.
â€œThere is clear evidence before the court that the defendant forced himself on the victim.
â€œThere is also proof before the court that the defendant bit the survivor on the shoulder.
â€œThe defendant is hereby convicted of the two counts of rape and serious assault.
â€œThe court has clearly considered the allocutus presented by the defence counsel,â€