The Central Criminal Court in London on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 remanded a 38-year-old Nigerian man identified as Olaoluwa Ibrahim in prison custody for raping a woman and stealing her phone thereafter.
Ibrahim accosted and attacked the victim in June 2014 on her way back from an outing with her friends who she left along the way and took a bus which stopped her close to her house so she could take a short walk home.
According to the UK metropolitan police, while she was walking home, Ibrahim approached her from behind and tried to engage her in conversation which she had tried to ignore.
She was grabbed and pushed into a driveway by the attacker who forced her to the floor, raped her and subsequently disappeared from the scene with her phone.
The victim called the attention of the police after she managed to get her way through to her home.
According to reports, officers were able to trace Ibrahim via extensive phone inquiries as he had made a number of calls to the victim’s new phone following the incident.
During interrogation, Ibrahim denied knowing the victim, at first, with an assurance that his DNA will not be found on her as he had not had sex with anyone.
A DNA test was later conducted and revealed that the suspect’s DNA matched the one found on the victim’s clothing.
After the test result was revealed, Ibrahim admitted to have had sex with the victim but claimed it was mutually consented.
However, he denied stealing the victim’s phone as claimed but later pleaded guilty to rape and theft.
Meanwhile, the victim is now living in Australia where officers traveled and provided specialist computer equipment with which she gave her evidence remotely via a live link to the court.
In his verdict, the presiding judge ruled that after serving his prison term, he will be deported back to Nigeria.