35-year-old man arrested for raping his 50-year-old colleague to death

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A 35-year-old man was arrested in Ondo State, Nigeria for allegedly raping a 55-year-old woman to death.

James Emmanuel was arraigned before an Ondo State Chief Magistrate Court, sitting in Akure to answer to charges relating to the death of his co-worker,  Mrs Deborah Abiodun.

According to the police report, James allegedly raped his colleague Deborah to death before dumping her body in a waste pit. 

Police added that the incident occurred on January 17, 2024. 

A 35-year-old man was arrested in Ondo State, Nigeria for allegedly raping a 55-year-old woman to death. Photo: iStockphoto

He was arraigned in court on Thursday, January 31 to answer to charges of rape and murder.

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Police prosecutor, Anwana Josephine, told the court that the suspect committed the offence on January 17, 2024 at about 11.00pm, an offence, contrary to Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

“That you, James Emmanuel, on the 17th day of January 2024 at about 11.00pm at Ilere, on  Ijare Road, Akure in the Akure Magisterial District, did rape Deborah Abiodun, aged 55 years old and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 357 and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

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“That you, James Emmanuel, on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did kill one Deborah Abiodun by hitting her with a stone on her head and dumping her corpse inside a waste pit and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006,” read part of the charge sheet. 

However, while delivering a ruling, Chief Magistrate F.A. Aduroja allowed the police to continue detaining the suspect at the correctional centre in Ondo town.

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The case was adjourned as the suspect waits to face trial on March 27, 2024.

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