List Of Celebrities Jailed For Sexual Misconduct
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List Of Celebrities Jailed For Sexual Misconduct

Godwin Okpara, Baba Ijesha and R kelly
  • How Baba Ijesha Was Pronounced Guilty Of Counts 2,3,4 And 5
  • R. Kelly, Godwin Okpara Chronicled

Yesterday, the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court sitting in the Ikeja area convicted and sentenced Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha to 16 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in a judgment that lasted two hours also convicted Baba Ijesha of four out of the six counts for which he was charged by the Lagos State government.

The Matrix in this report takes a look at some celebrities incarcerated for sexual crimes.

Olanrewaju James: Nollywood Actor

 

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The charge against him borders on allegations of indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.

 

 

 

Baba Ijesha was pronounced guilty of counts 2,3,4 and 5 while the prosecution could not prove counts one and six which were: sexual assault by penetration and attempted sexual assault by penetration.

 

 

 

In her sentence, the court said, “I hereby find the defendant guilty of counts two to five and he is discharged of counts one and six. The defendant is hereby sentenced to five years imprisonment for count two, three years for count three, five years for count four and three years for count five.”

 

 

 

The sentence adds up to 16 years but the court held that the sentence is to run concurrently starting from the day he was convicted. This means that Baba Ijesha will only spend five years in prison.

 

 

 

In reaching its verdict, the court held that defendant confessed that he molested the girl in 2021.

 

 

 

“The court can convict a person based on his confessions. The defendant was consistent in his admission in the two videos.

 

 

 

“The pain of the first prosecution witness (Damilola Adekoya also known as Princess) was real.

 

 

 

The survivor who also testified was scared and we could see the fear in her eyes while she was giving her evidence before the court.

 

 

 

“The argument of the defence that the prosecution failed to state the exact age of the survivor cannot stand as the law states that anyone under the age of 18 years is regarded as a child.

“The defendant may not have thought of having sex with the survivor on that day but he aroused her by sucking her fingers and rubbing her body. He did not take off his clothes while arousing her.

The court reviewed the medical expert and the testimony of the two witnesses, the forensic analyst and child expert, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode and a medical doctor, Dr Aniekan Makanjuola who said that there was blunt penetration of the vagina but they could not ascertain the time.

“The time has elapsed between the assault and the medical examination; the injury would have been erased seven years ago.

During the trial, the prosecution called six witnesses including the survivor, the mother of the victim (princess), investigation officers and medical experts.

For the defence, four witnesses testified for the defendant in the case.

After he was found guilty, the defendant’s counsel, Mr Kayode Olabiran asked the court to temper justice with mercy.

He said that the defendant is a first-time offender who has passed through the trauma of incarceration both at Kirikiri Correctional facility and Panti when he was arrested and remanded.

“There is no doubt that the defendant is remorseful. We pray my lord to consider the fact that the defendant is an actor who has impacted positively on society in the course of his career.

“We urge your lordship to be lenient with the defendant who has lost his image all over the world and will be deserted by his colleagues in the movie industry.

“He has aged parents, a wife, and a son who depend on him and they look up to him coming back home. We assure the court that the defendant is a changed person who will not go back to his vomit. We urge the court to be merciful unto him and consider the least sentence.”

The judge while sentencing the convict said, this case bring to the limelight, numerous cases in society despite the efforts of government and non-governmental organizations to sensitize the public.

“This is very sad. The behaviour of the defendant is appalling, the case shows the length people can go in exhibiting the animalistic urge in them to abuse the position of friendship.

 

 

 

“Children are frequently preyed on because of their inability to defend themselves.”

 

 

 

After the judgement, the convict broke down in tears, weeping and saying he did not commit the offence. He was however surrounded by his colleagues in the industry who came to console him.

 

 

Godwin Okpara; Nigerian Footballer

The former Nigerian defender’s case was difficult to take. He was found guilty of sleeping with his own adopted daughter.

He was part of the Nigeria squads that participated in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, and the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Okpara was outstanding at the 1989 U-17 World Championship.

According to BBC, the adopted daughter had arrived in France as a young girl in 2000 after Opara moved to the country to play for RC Strasbourg and Paris Saint-Germain.

Okpara admitted to having sex with the adopted daughter, then 13, on one occasion in 2005. But he said it was at her instigation.

The daughter testified in court that it was after discovering the pair together that Linda Okpara, 42, began mistreating her – torturing her and subjecting her to cruel sexual acts.

However, he was arrested in August 2005, found guilty in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Okpara’s wife, Linda Okpara, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the torture of the same girl.

R Kelly: International Singer

US singer, Robert Kelly was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse

 

The singer and songwriter, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were being ignored because they were Black women.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence on Wednesday after hearing from several survivors who attested to how Kelly’s exploitation reverberated across their lives.

“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” said one unnamed survivor, directly addressing Kelly, who kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast. “Do you remember that?”

Kelly did not address the court.

The sentence caps a slow-motion fall for Kelly, who was adored by legions of fans and sold millions of albums even after allegations about his abuse of young girls began circulating publicly in the 1990s.

Widespread outrage over Kelly’s sexual misconduct did not come until the #MeToo reckoning, reaching a crescendo after the release of the docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly.

Kelly’s lawyers had argued he should get no more than 10 years in prison because he had a traumatic childhood “involving severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence”.

As an adult with “literacy deficiencies”, the star was “repeatedly defrauded and financially abused, often by the people he paid to protect him”, his lawyers said.

The hitmaker is known for work including the 1996 hit, I Believe I Can Fly, and the cult classic, Trapped in the Closet, a multi-part tale of sexual betrayal and intrigue.

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