21-year-old Man Caught Having Sex with Mentally ill Patients in Lagos

A 21-year-old was arraigned on Thursday for sleeping with two female inmates at the Rehabilitation and Training Centre (for mentally infirm persons) in Owutu, Ikorodu, Lagos.

Sulaimon Lateef has since pleaded not guilty to the four counts charged before the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Court, Alausa Ikeja.

Althought the prosecutor, Babatunde Sunmonu, explained that he could not be charged with rape due to the mental status of the victims, he was charged with causing breach of peace, conducting himself as a disorderly person and obstructing one Olasunkanmi Hassan, an official of the rehabilitation centre.

Part of the charges read:

“That you Lateef Suleiman, male, on June 7, 2013, by 9.30pm at Rehabilitation Centre for Mentally Infirm, Owutu, in Ikorudu conducted yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace when you climbed a 14ft fence, an offence contrary to Section 166()(d) Criminal Law 2011 and punishable under section 166(2) of the same law.”

According to reports, Lateef, who was said to have first visited the centre seeking employment, was allegedly attracted to the inmates, two of whom he allegedly induced with N200 and N100 and allegedly slept with them on different occasions.

Ayo Odekunle, the presiding magistrate, Jadesola Adeyemi, has granted Lateef bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and she adjourned till July 11 for mention.


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