An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has on Monday sentenced a 19-year-old man, John Julius, to life imprisonment for raping a 35-year-old woman, Alice Ozar, in Efon Alaaye.
The trail judge, Justice John Adeyeye, in his ruling, held that Julius was convicted for rape which is contrary to Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of Criminal Code Cap 16 Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.
The incident occurred on July 16, 2016 at Okemesi Road in Efon Alaaye while the convict was first arraigned in court on March 7 this year.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges of rape and assault with intent to commit unnatural offence preferred against him.
Justice Adeyeye held: “Unfortunately it will appear I have no discretion on the issue of sentence in view of the decision of the Supreme Court in Lucky v State (Supra) where it was held thus: ‘Any person who commits the offence of rape be liable to imprisonment for life.
“Once the court convicts an accused person for the offence of rape as defined in Section 357 of the Code, it has no discretion but is bound to obey the law by imposing a term of imprisonment for life.