BY SUNDAY ABORISADE, AKURE
A woman, Mrs. Comfort Awogbamila, had in a statement read in court alleged that Olusupare of Supare-Akoko, Oba Adedeji Adejoro, attempted to rape her.
The statement was read on Thursday before a Chief Magistrate’s Court by policeman, Mr. Ewarawon Fayowole.
This followed a request by Awogbamila’s lawyer, Mr. Duro Adonis that the court should ask the policeman to read his client’s statement made to the police.
Awogbamila said the monarch attempted to rape her at his residence in Supare town, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Fayowole also told the court that the monarch’s wife, Sherifat, had engaged Awogbamila in a public brawl on two occasions within a week.
Sherifat is currently facing two counts of engaging in an act capable of causing a breach of public peace.
The police charged the queen and Awogbamila to court on May 7.
The charge preferred against the two accused had read in part: “That you Comfort Awogbami and Olori Sherifat Adedeji on 4th of May, 2012 at about 8pm at Supare Magisterial district unlawfully involved yourself in fighting in a public at Ugbe quarters Supare Akoko and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 83 of the Criminal Code cap 37 vol ii, laws of Ondo State”
The accused were also charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace contrary and punishable under Section 249(d) of the criminal code cap 37 Vol 11 laws of the state.
However, when the case came up for hearing on Thursday, the Investigating Police Officer, Fayowole, told the court that the fight between the women caused uproar in the town on May 4.
The IPO tendered Awogbamila’s statement where she alleged that the monarch invited her to his house and attempted to rape her.
However, Adonis, accused the police of preferring wrong charges against his client, saying that her statement ought to have been read in court.
The police prosecutor, Mr. Steven Dickson, and the magistrate disagreed with Adonis.
But Adonis argued that reading the statement would establish that the police ought to have included attempted rape in the charge sheet.
The court then agreed that the statement should be read in open court. However, as the statement was read, the court ordered Adonis to just study it and ask his questions.
Part of the statement read in court stated that the monarch and his wife fought with Awogbamila resulting in her being admitted to the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
The statement added that the monarch sent one of her daughters, to invite Awogbamila to his house over the fight between her and his wife on April 28.
According to the statement, Awogbamila in the statement further alleged that after the monarch had excused others, he took her to a private room and attempted to rape her.
She alleged that although she escaped, the monarch tore her clothes.
Awogbamila said the monarch’s wife later joined her husband in beating her until people came to rescue her.
The court fixed further hearing to June 26.