By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Jelili Lawal is accused of killing a 78-year-old woman by raping her, according to an Investigative Police Officer (IPO), ASP Babatunde Ashifat, on Tuesday.
The Lagos State attorney, Ms. Bukola Okeowo, presented Ashifat as a witness in the Lawal for rape trial that was reopened.
The witness claimed that on January 2, 2019, he received the case to investigate.
He said that two women who witnessed the defendant raping the elderly guy alerted a police officer on night patrol when they saw him.
According to the witness, the elderly woman was with the defendant on January 1 of this year at the Maryland Bus Stop in Lagos State, where she requested his assistance in finding her home.
He stated:“The defendant gave her N500, and they boarded same bus.
“On getting to a bus stop, the defendant told her to come down, took her to an uncompleted building in a bushy area, assaulted and raped her at night.
“The victim was crying for help when two ladies heard her and caught the defendant in the act.
“They helped the woman by calling the policeman on patrol.”
The woman, who had an ear issue, had been reported missing by her family, the witness further informed the court.
According to the IPO, the victim of the rape suffered injuries and eventually passed away from severe bleeding.
“The victim was bleeding from her anus and vagina, and I gave a medical form for her to be taken to the Mirabel Medical Centre.
“The medical doctor, who examined her, confirmed that there was a forceful penetration into her vagina.
“I was later told that the victim died due to the bleeding,” the witness said.
The IPO added that he recorded the victim’s and the defendant’s remarks after the report was filed.
He also claimed to have visited the crime spot, which was overgrown and deserted.
The case was postponed until October 27 so that the trial could continue by Justice Rahman Oshodi. (NAN).