The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has fixed March 25, 2020, for judgment in a suit filed by the state government against an ExxonMobil engineer, James Onuoha, who was accused of raping his tenant’s 14-year-old niece.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye fixed the date on Tuesday after hearing arguments from the counsel representing all parties to the suit.
According to the prosecution, Onuoha had on January 4, 2016, around 11.30am at No. 25 Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos, had an unlawful sexual act with the victim without her consent.
Onuoha was first arraigned in January 2016 before the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court on four counts bordering on defilement and the case file was sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for advice.
The matter was transferred to the high court for trial following the legal advice from the DPP.
The offences were said to be contrary to sections 134 (2) and 135 (1), and punishable under sections 137 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The prosecution team, led by Jide Martins, called witnesses in the course of the trial.
Onuoha, while being led in evidence by his counsel, Victor Olowonla, narrated how he visited the scene of the incident to inspect the apartment rented by his tenant, one Kenneth, who was not at home.
Onuoha told the court that the tenant did not pick his telephone calls and he decided to visit him at home.
He added that when he got to the house, the tenant was not at home but he was granted access to his apartment for inspection by the victim, who told him that she was 16 years old.
He told the court that he did not touch the girl, but gave her N1,000 as a gift because it was Christmas period