60-year-old herbalist rapes woman with Down’s syndrome
An herbalist , Tajudeen Akintoye , is cooling his heels in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , Eleweran , Abeokuta , for taking advantage of a woman with Down’ s syndrome, Rachael , in Itele , in the Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Akintoye , a popular herbalist in the community, sneaked into the victim ’ s parents’ house while her parents had gone to the farm .
He was said to have undressed Rachael and was sleeping with her when her parents arrived and caught him in the act .
The matter was reported at the Itele Police Station as the 23-year – old Anambra State indigene was taken to a hospital for tests.
Rachael ’ s father , Leonard Onuzulike , said the incident happened around 11am on Monday .
He said , “She developed the problem about 22 years ago when she was an infant. She had gone into convulsion and we took her to a hospital where the doctors said she had the problem . She cannot walk on her own and her speech drawls . But when we talk to her , she understands and responds, though not coherently .
“ So , on Monday , my wife and I left her at home to go to the farm . The farm is just a stone ’ s throw to the house . And within 30 minutes , we were done .
“ But on getting home , I was shocked to see him on top of my daughter . He was stark naked and he had removed her dress as well . We apprehended and handed him over to the police , who detained him . ”
Onuzulike said his daughter was taken to a medical centre where she was examined before a doctor confirmed that there was penetration .
He, however, lamented that on Wednesday, the police gave him a form to take to the Ota General Hospital for another round of tests.
“When we got to the hospital , the doctor did not conduct any examination . He just asked her some questions and filled in her responses . He didn’ t perform any test like the first hospital and I hope it is not a ploy to destroy the case , ” he added .
While wondering the reason for the delay in the prosecution of the suspect, Racheal ’ s father alleged that the police at the Itele division asked him to provide a vehicle to convey the suspect from the station to the command headquarters at Abeokuta .
Onuzulike alleged that the officers threatened to release the suspect if he didn’ t make the arrangement on time , saying they feared he could die in custody .