I was drunk, angry when I raped 54-year-old woman – Herdsman

He spoke to Reporters after he was paraded by the Police in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.

According to him, the woman insulted him and that led to a struggle before he was able to overpower her.

The herdsman further said that he was not in his right senses when he committed the act and highly regrets his actions.

He said: ” I am Laulo Isa, I am from Nassarawa. I came to work here in Ebonyi. I was seriously drunk and saw a woman in the night walking along the road. I approached her for sex and she started abusing me”

“We started abusing ourselves and I immediately pounced on her and she started struggling with me to free herself. I was seriously drunk at that time. As I was on her, a man who was passing flashed his torchlight on me and I ran away”.

“I don’t know whether I was having sex with her but she was on the ground with me. I did not hit her with any object but is like I had sex with her for one round. We were both on the ground when a man flashed light on me and I ran away”.

“I am not happy with what I did and I want to die. I want to die!, I want to die!! I have never done this type of thing since God created me on this earth. I am begging for forgiveness”

The herdsman had on 28th December raped one Mrs Mary Okereke to death in Ufuezeraku, Ugwulangwu in Ohaozara local government area.

It was gathered that the victim was returning from the farm when the Herdsman accosted her, dragged her into the nearby bush and raped her to death.

As he was raping her, a passerby, flashed his torchlight on him and he ran away.

The state Commissioner of Police, Awotunde Awosola while briefing Reporters on the incident said the suspect will be prosecuted for the crime.

He said:”On December 28, 2019, at about 8:pm, one Laulo Isa a herdsman aged 20 years accosted and waylaid one 54 years old Mary Okereke on Ufuezeraku Ugwulangwu road in Ohaozara local government area”.

“There was a struggle between the two of them but he overpowered the woman and had carnal knowledge of the woman. Unfortunately, the woman lost her life during the incident”.

Mr Awotunde said the Police with the assistance of the youths in the community combed the forests and farmlands in the area in search of the suspect.

According to him, the suspect had left some of his belongings at the scene of the incident which was used to identify him as the culprit.

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