Thursday 28 March 2019

Suspected Rapists, Don-chima George And Olusegun Rasak, Arraigned In Court

Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has fixed April 29 rulefor the hearing of the bail application of two men, Don-Chima George, 25, and Olusegun Rasak, 28, charged with drugging and gang-raping a 24-year-old woman in a hotel in Lekki, Lagos, Igbere Tv reports.

At the commencement of proceedings today, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecution in Lagos state, Dr Jide Martins, told the court that George and Rasak, who are drop-outs of Babcock University, committed the offences on February 3rd between 5am and 7am at Delankaster Hotels at Lekki Phase 1.

They took their victim to a night club on the said day. While at a nightclub, the defendants allegedly spiked the complainant’s drink with a substance that rendered her unconscious.

They allegedly took the complainant to George’s father’s hotel, raped her in turns while videotaping the sexual offence. According to the prosecution, the offences contravened Sections 258 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Counsel to the suspects, Mr Tunji Ayanlaja (SAN), via a March 12 summons for bail, applied for the defendants’ bail. He also noted that the prosecution had filed a counter-affidavit, objecting to the defendants bail application “because of the social status of the defendants’ parents.”

But Martins, who confirmed that he had filed a counter-affidavit dated March 26, opposed him.
He noted that the alleged offences were severe and attract a life sentence if the defendants are found guilty.

According to him, if George and Rasak are granted bail, there is high likelihood of them interfering with witnesses.

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