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former Naval officer convicted of raping 26-year-old woman at his Glasgow flat

Abdul Lawal, 40, a former officer in the Nigerian Navy, was convicted of raping the 26-year-old woman at his flat in Glasgow.

A student studying for a PhD in rocket science was today jailed for four years for repeatedly raping a woman he met on a night out.

Abdul Lawal, 40, a former officer in the Nigerian Navy, was convicted of raping the 26-year-old woman at his flat in Kennishead Avenue, Glasgow, on March 11, last year.

The woman said she felt as if the horrific sex attack lasted “forever”.

During her ordeal she managed to text a friend stating: “I got raped”.

Judge Lady Stacey told Lawal, who was studying for a PhD at Glasgow University: “The jury convicted you of a very serious crime.

“ What you did had an effect on the woman involved. Once the pair of you were alone in the living room, you subjected that woman to a sustained and serious attack.

“You are an educated man and a former officer in the Nigerian Navy. This situation has been brought about by your own actions.

The court heard that the victim fled from the house and was later picked up by her ex-partner, who told the court: “I’ve never seen her so distressed.”

Lawal denied raping the woman and claimed he acted like ‘a gentleman.”
He claimed that she consented to have sex with him three times.

Solicitor advocate Jim Wallace, defending, said: “Mr Lawal continues to protest his innocence. He claims this woman left her date to walk with him.”

The court heard that Lawla, who is a father-of-two, never completed his PhD.

In evidence during his trial Lawal said : “I was just walking along Union Street. She turned and looked at me and said: ‘That’s the person I want to be with,” and just ran to me.

He said the woman had demanded sex when she got to his flat and added: “I was extremely gentlemanly. I don’t consider I did anything wrong. I asked her to stay and she said she had to go.”

However, the woman told of how she fled into the night after hastily dressing.

Prosecutor Paul Kearney said: “She dressed in a hurry. She said she had never dressed so fast in her life. One of her socks was found in your flat.,” and Lawal replied: “Yes.”

The trial heard the traumatised woman “felt sick” at the prospect of coming to court, but wanted to ensure Lawal did not do this to another woman.

First offender Lawal claimed the woman was lying and was possibly “regretting” having consensual sex with him, but the jury did not believe him.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register

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