A 45-year-old commercial driver, Lawrence Adedapo, was yesterday sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Ado-Ekiti high court for raping an 80-year-old woman, Madam Grace Asaolu. Justice Dele Omotoso, who hinged his judgment on the evidence before the court, which showed that the driver raped the old woman and was guilty as charged.

 The convict sexually assaulted the octogenarian on November 7, 2013 at Oke Erimope Street, Ogbese, Ise-Ekiti, and was subsequently charged to court.

Adedapo, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, described the old woman as his “mother as well as his concubine,” whom he has been dating as far back as his bachelor years and claimed that Mrs. Asaolu framed him up.

 He claimed that the old woman had earlier approached him for a sum of money to travel to her village. The driver claimed that the old woman started caressing him, which eventually led to love-making, after which he had given her N1, 000.

The prosecution, led by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, gave evidence that the convict confessed to have been dating the woman before the incident and that she consen-ted to the sexual intercourse. Ajayi tendered the blood-stained clothes of the victim, which was recovered from the scene of the incident.

The trial judge resolved all issues for determination against Adedapo and consequently sentenced him to a jail term of seven years for unlawful carnal knowledge of the old woman.

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