Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Married man imprisoned, stripped and beaten for moral lesson after he entered the bedroom of another man's girlfriend,' court hears

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Declan Brennan and Alison O'Riordan

A married man was imprisoned, stripped and beaten because his attackers wanted to teach him a moral lesson after he entered the bedroom of another man's girlfriend, a court has heard.

Daniel Okingbowa (27), Lucky Shaka (24) and his girlfriend Sonia Odusanya (21), all with addresses at Thornfield Square, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Innocent Wilson at a flat in Thornfield Square on April 12, 2014.

Mr Wilson had believed that Ms Odusanya was his girlfriend but that she saw him as just a friend.

After she lured him to her flat her partner, Lucky Shaka and another man showed up and began assaulting the victim. They told him they were going to take pictures and a video of him naked and put them up on the internet and on Youtube in order to humiliate him.

Mr Wilson managed to escape out a window but the men captured him again and dragged him back while beating him up.

At this point Daniel Okingbowa saw the commotion and asked what was going on. He was informed that Mr Wilson was trying to have sex with Odusanya.

He helped the others bring Mr Wilson back to the flat and took part in stripping him.

Ms Odusanya told gardai after her arrest that “this wouldn't have happened if Innocent hadn't tried to have sex with me”.

Judge Sarah Berkeley said that the reasoning of the accused was they were dealing with “morally reprehensible behaviour” by assaulting and imprisoning him. Pieter LeVert BL, defending Shaka, agreed that they wanted to “teach him a lesson” because he was married.

She said the woman had played "a significant role in the offence" by luring Mr Wilson to the flat but her chances of re-offending were low. The judge suspended a sentence of two years on condition she keep the peace for that period.

She said Okingbowa "had the least involvement in the offence" and he was a neighbour who "did not seem to understand what was going on at the time."

The judge noted Okingbowa had entered a guilty plea, was a married man with a child, had shown

remorse and was unlikely to re-offend. He received an 18 month suspended sentence.

Judge Berkeley described Shaka as the “most culpable” of the three. She remanded him in custody until April 15 for an updated probation report.

Garda David Coleman said that Odusanya had telephoned the victim earlier that day and told him she was home alone and invited him to come over.

He suggested they meet elsewhere but she insisted he come to her home. When he arrived there they went into a bedroom and she left to make some phone-calls.

She got a condom and told him to take off his clothes. A short time later four men came in and one man, not before the court, punched him in the head.

The men took off his clothes and ripped his trousers and some of them slapped him around. They were videoing and photographing the whole ordeal on their camera phones. Okingbowa admitted taking part in some of this but denied ever assaulting the victim.

Judge Sarah Berkeley said Mr Wilson “was put in a very compromised position if he did not meet their demands which was very frightening for the victim.”

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