The absence of a defence witness on Tuesday stalled the defence of Segun Razak the son of late Chief Lanre Razak, the late Balogun of Epe who passed away on August 15, 2020.
Segun is charged before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court alongside Don-Chima George, a hotelier’s son.
They face a two-count charge of conspiracy and rape.
On August 5, Justice Abiola Soladoye had in a ruling, had said the defendant a have a prima facie case to answer and ordered them to open their defence.
However, during Thursday’s proceedings, the defence counsel Mr Adebambo Adesanya, SAN, informed the court that the first defence witness is unavailable due to ill health.
“Our witness is in Delta undergoing treatment,” the SAN said.
Following Adesanya’s submission, Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until Nov. 16 for defence.
NAN reports that the prosecution led by Mr Shola Soneye alleges that the defendants drugged and gang-raped the complainant (name withheld) on Feb. 3, 2019.
They allegedly committed the offences from 5.00a.m. to 7.00a.m. at De-Lankaster Hotels, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, a hotel owned by George’s father.
On May 15, 2019, the then 24-year-old complainant had testified that she had gone with the defendants to Kabaal nightclub located in Ikoyi, Lagos to celebrate the birthday of George who was her friend.
While at a nightclub, the defendants allegedly mixed her drink with a substance which had after some moments, rendered her unconscious.
She alleged that when they returned to George’s father’s hotel, the defendants took turns to rape her and record their actions on a mobile phone.
The complainant has so far been the sole witness presented by the prosecution in the case.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 258 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (NAN)