A 30-Year-Old Nigerian Student Sentenced To A 7-Year Imprisonment for Raping a Woman in a UK Nightclub
Sexual assault is a menace that has plagued societies for centuries, and it seems that no corner of the world is immune to this problem. The United Kingdom, in particular, has seen a rise in sexual assault cases in recent years, with the latest being a 30-year-old Nigerian student who has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for raping a woman in a nightclub. This incident highlights the need for continued awareness and action towards curbing sexual violence and providing justice for victims.
According to reports, the Nigerian student, identified as Onyedika Benedict Oriaku, was convicted of raping a woman in the toilet of a nightclub in Swansea, Wales. The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, was said to have been heavily intoxicated at the time of the assault. Oriaku, who lived in Victoria Terrace, Brynmill, Swansea, was said to have committed the crime in March 2023.
The case was heard at Swansea Crown Court, where Oriaku claimed that the sexual encounter was consensual and that the victim had initiated contact. However, the prosecution presented evidence that told a different story. Ian Wright, prosecuting, told the court that Oriaku and his friends were in the VIP area of the club, and during the evening, he and the victim kissed. Later, Oriaku followed the woman to the female toilet, where he raped her in one of the cubicles.
The court heard that after the assault, Oriaku returned to his friends in the VIP area and boasted about what he had done. He even took one of them to the toilet to meet the woman. The victim, who was described as “exhausted” from the assault, was found by a friend in the toilet and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Investigation and Trial
The police were called to the scene, and Oriaku was arrested. During the investigation, it was discovered that he had been in the UK for several years, studying at a university in Swansea. He had previously been working in the care sector.
The trial was held at Swansea Crown Court, where Oriaku was charged with rape. The prosecution presented evidence, including testimony from the victim and witnesses who saw Oriaku and the victim in the nightclub. The defense argued that the sexual encounter was consensual and that the victim had initiated contact.
On November 15, 2023, the jury delivered a guilty verdict, and Oriaku was sentenced to 7 years in prison. The judge, Mr. Justice Griffith-Williams, described the assault as “a serious violation of the victim's physical and emotional well-being.” He also noted that Oriaku had shown no remorse for his actions and had tried to shift the blame onto the victim.
The Victim's Impact Statement
The victim's impact statement was read in court, in which she described the devastating effect of the assault on her life. She stated that she had struggled with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the incident. She had also had to take a break from her studies and was struggling to find work.
The victim also expressed her frustration with the legal system, saying that she had to relive the trauma of the assault during the trial.