The arraignment of alleged rapist medical doctor, Femi Olaleye, before Justice Rahmon Oshodi of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, Lagos State, today was stalled by his legal team Mr. Babatunde Ogala (SAN) and Mr.Olusegun Fabunmi ((SAN), as the defendant failed to appear before the court.
The two silks are lead counsel to Dr. Olaleye, who allegedly raped his wife’s 15-year-old niece, as Justice Oshodi in his short ruling said today matter was stalled at the instance of defendant.
When the matter was called, Mr. Olugbenga Alagbe who announced his appearance for the state, informed the court that they are ready for trial, but noted that unfortunately the defendant is not in court.
Alagbe told the court that the prosecution had done the needful in a letter dated November 18, sent to the defendant, the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, to notify all parties of today’s proceedings.
He subsequently urged the court to issue a bench warrant against him.
In a response, the defence counsel, Ogala, apologised for his absence noting that he is out of town as at the time when a letter was sent to him.
He argued that the defendant was not served but they are ready to receive the process on his behalf.
Mr Ogala urged the court to grant them further dates while assuring the court that he will be available at the next date to answer his trial.
In his ruling, Justice Oshodi adjourned till Nov 30, for possible arraignment.
After the proceedings, there was a mild drama, where one of the Senior Advocate who appears for Dr Olaleye, Mr. Fabunmi, shortly after the proceedings outside the court premises swiftly harassed a group of journalists for capturing the event.
Fabunmi, in an attempt to garg journalists from covering the matter was visibly seen ordering a court security to collect the phone from one of the journalists, but the attempt failed.
The medical doctor was accused of defiling the survivor by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
According to the charge sheet, the defendant allegedly committed the offences between February 2020 and November 2021 on Layi Ogunbambi Close, Maryland, Lagos.
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Olaleyewas was also accused of sexually assaulted the survivor by penetrating her mouth with his penis.
The alleged offences contravened Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
It was learnt that the doctor allegedly deflowered the minor after introducing her to pornography.
Olaleye was said to have perpetrated the crime for about 19 months until the wife discovered and reported to the Lagos State Police Command for investigation