A 31- year-old man, Damilare Balogun, was on Thursday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping `a church sister’ (names withheld).

The accused, a website designer, who lives at Plot 426, Damilola Folashade Street., Omole Phase 1, Ojodu, a Lagos suburb, is being tried for sexual assault.

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The prosecutor, Insp. Benedict Aigbokhan, told the court that the offence was committed on July 24 at the accused residence.

Aigbokhan said that the accused invited the victim, a 25-year-old lady to his house.

“The accused and the victim are church members, and also belong to the same service unit in the church.

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“When the victim got to his house, he shut the door at her and forcefully made love to her,” he said.

The offence contravened Section 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. Olanipekun granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

She adjourned the case till Sept. 19 for mention.