Two witnesses testify against alleged rapist

The accused allegedly raped a woman old enough to be a woman.

Two witnesses on Tuesday testified against Joel Asogwa of Opi in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, who is facing a two-count charge of rape.

Mr. Asogwa is being tried for the alleged rape of a 55-year-old woman by the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.

The victim was allegedly raped on her matrimonial bed on July 8, 2011 at Opi.

The accused was charged with raping a woman old enough to be his mother and forcing somebody’s wife into bed without an agreement.

The state counsel, Moses Anyaji, said the two witnesses from Opi came to testify before the court because they were among the first to come when the victim raised an alarm.

One of the witnesses, Stella Ugwoke, said the victim was naked in the victim’s room when neighbours, including her, rushed in when they heard her call for help.

She said the accused saw them and ran away.

On his part, Chukwuma Eze said he saw the face of the accused and started shouting Joel, Joel what has came over you and the accused disappeared.

The state counsel said that the accused was from the same village with the victim and that was why he covered his face before performing the act.

He also explained that the victim removed what he used in covering his face and discovered that she knew the accused and shouted for help.

The counsel to the accused, Titus Eze, had said his client went to see his friend near the victim’s house when the victim called him to help her check something inside her house.

Justice D.V Agishi adjourned the case till September 10 for more witnesses to testify.


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