Benin – One Saturday Enabulele (cripple), Moses Okoeki, Osasumwen Enina, Junior Odubu and one other person now at large, , are facing a 12-count charge at the Benin Chief Magistrate court for raping a 23 -years old lady..
They, however, pleaded not guilty.
The victim told the court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Peter Edo-Asemota that the cripple, Saturday Enabulele, and the four men committed the offence on April 13.
The accused were charged with rape, having unlawful carnal knowledge without the consent of their victim, unlawful filming or recording of the assault.
Other charges are stealing the victims wallet containing money and phone, unlawfully and indecently assault, malicious damage of her pants, skirt and blouse, and obscene publication.
The offence contravened sections 516, 355, 451,357, 360, 390(9), 233(B) and 357 of the Criminal Code.
The prosecutor, Mrs Evelyn Okunrobo, had appealed to the court to listen to the rape victim’s experience.
The victim told the court that Enabulele was her friend’s lover, and that her friend took her to the cripple’s house to sleep since she had no accommodation.
She said that on the faithful day (April 13) on her way to work, the four accused dragged her to meet the cripple who accused her of severing his relationship with his girl friend
“He directed that they should beat me up and drag me into the room; the four accused persons tore my pant, blouse and raped me while Enabulele ordered who takes turn as well as filmed the incident with his phone,“ she said.
She said that after raping her, Enabulele ordered her to go and take her bath, then gave her his shirt to wear, and said that his boys would rape her for one week before releasing her.
She tricked them by going through the bathroom where she jumped through a fence and ran away.
The cloths, purse, Enabulele’s phones and shirt were tendered as exhibits in the court.
Mrs Isaac Irene, the Investigation Police Officer in charge of the case at Textile-mill police station, testified that the accused had made confessional statements.
Enabulele’s statement was tendered as another exhibit.
Chief Magistrate Peter Edo-Asemota adjourned the case to May 23 for further hearing