The accused claimed he suddenly felt a sexual urge and noticed the woman on the street.
A 23-year-old factory worker, Tope Akanji, who allegedly attempted to rape a lunatic, was on Friday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The accused is standing trial on a charge of attempted rape.
The prosecutor, Edet Okoi, told the court that the accused committed the offence at about 1.00 a.m. on April 3 at Sobiotimo Street, Dopemu in Agege area of Lagos.
Mr. Okoi said the accused was caught by local vigilance group while attempting to rape a mad woman.
“In his statement at the station, Akanji claimed that he suddenly felt a sexual urge and noticed the woman on the street.
“He said he did not realise that she was a lunatic.”
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 404 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju, granted the accused bail for N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Section 404 prescribes seven years imprisonment for offenders.
The case was adjourned to May 5 for mention.
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