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Alleged Rape: Pastor Fatoyinbo Denies, Says ‘I Never Raped Even As Unbeliever’

General Overseer of COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Abuja, has denied the allegation levelled against him by Busola Dakolo, the wife of popular Nigerian musician, Timi Dakolo.

Mrs Dakolo set social media on fire few days when she released a video on YouTube, alleging that the pastor raped her few years ago as a minor.

Few years ago, Pastor Fatoyinbo was also accused of similar thing by Ese Walter, and that generated a lot of reactions. After several days of silence, the pastor responded on Friday.

In a statement he posted on his Instagram page @biodunfatoyinbo, he outrightly denied the allegation, describing it as false, malicious and an attempt to ridicule the reputation of him and the church for unknown reasons.

Part of the statement reads: “As an individual and church, we love and support people, and will never condone any form of abuse, rape, harassment, or intimidation of anybody.

On the allegation of rape made by Busola Dakolo, the pastor said: “I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever, and I am absolutely innocent of the accusations from Busola Dakolo.”

He, however, confirmed that Busola Dakolo and her family attended COZA during its early start in Ilorin in 1999. “I never had any private interactions with her beyond my pastoral duties. Looking at her status and that of her husband, I am dumbfounded why she would make such allegation against me.

“As expected under the ethics of journalism, it would have been expected that I had been confronted with these false allegations prior to this publication, instead of resorting to social media with the intent of ruining my reputation and bring down the church.”

He disclosed that the church had briefed her lawyers and consent had been given for commencement of criminal and civil actions against individuals involved or facilitated such allegation either directly or by proxy.

He said the church would pursue every measure within the ambit of the law to bring the culprits to justice. “We have also heard and would not be surprised to see more allegations by people who might have been paid to continue in this line of blackmail, harassment and extortion, including those who have been dismissed from their duties in the church on disciplinary grounds. (The Sun)

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45-year-old Man Who Raped A Minor In Police Net In Bariga Lagos |The Republican News

Rape suspect, Salami and the back of the teenage victim

Henry Okonkwo

Forty-five-year-old Sunday Salami, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl, is now gnashing his teeth in regret, in the custody of the police in Lagos State.

Salami allegedly committed the criminal act in an uncompleted building located on Falade Lane, in Bariga area of the state. The suspect who is popularly known in the area as ‘Ose’ is alleged to have lured the teenager, Stella (not her real name), to the uncompleted building, where he held her for over 30 minutes and sexually defiled her.

Sunday Sun gathered that the shameful incident started when Salami, who is married with four children, under a playful guise, chased Stella around his compound with a catapult and entrapped her in an uncompleted building near his house, where he seized the chance to pin her down and then rape her. Witnesses who saw Salami chasing the girl erroneously thought that he was just being his usual avuncular self. But they never knew that he had an ulterior motive on that fateful day.

The rape survivor, an indigene of Kwara State, told Sunday Sun that she came to live in Lagos with her aunt after her father’s death three years ago, adding, “My mother still lives in Ilorin. I used to stay with my parents until my father died, and my mother couldn’t fend for us, her children. So, I was asked to come to stay in Lagos with my aunty.”

Narrating her ordeal, Stella said she was on an errand by her guardian when Salami accosted and raped her.  She said her guardian popularly known in the neighbourhood as Iya Meta (mother of three) in the neighbourhood, sent her to carry a crate of soft drinks from a shop at Falade Lane.

“On getting there, Baba Ose aimed a catapult at me. I thought he would shoot so I ran into a house under renovation just beside Baba Ose’s house. When I ran in there, Salami rushed and closed the door. He then pushed me down, pulled up my clothes, grabbed my pant forcefully, and then raped me. I screamed but none of our neighbours could hear me because he covered my mouth with his hand as he raped me. I kept crying for help but no one heard me. When he finished, he warned me never to tell anyone what he had done. He threatened to kill me if I ever spoke to anyone about it,” she said amid tears.

Stella also disclosed that some children playing and loitering around the uncompleted house were the ones that saw what happened. “Three children saw Baba Ose and noticed that I was crying. They asked him what he was doing to me, he told them that he was beating me and told them to leave immediately.”

However, the bubble burst for Salami when Iya Meta, Stella’s aunt, became worried as she wondered why Stella took so long to bring the crate of soft drinks she sent her to carry. “I wondered why she spent almost 40 minutes to bring the crate of drinks because the shop is just a stone throw away from my kiosk. When I went out to look for her, I met her on the road sweating profusely. I was very angry when I saw her because I thought she had gone to play instead of bringing my drinks. But she denied playing and lied that she was delayed by the woman that was to give her the crate of soft drinks. I was furious and wanted to go and confront the woman to know why she held Stella for so long. But when I wanted to go she held me back saying that she told me a lie. It was then I began to suspect that something was wrong. I asked her again to tell the truth about where she went. It was then that she told me that Baba Ose held her in an uncompleted building and raped her. That was when I raised alarm because the shock was too much for me to bear.”

Many of the residents that gathered at the scene said they were furious at the news, because according to them, Salami had become notorious for allegedly lusting after under-aged girls in the community. “This is not the first time we have heard about Salami’s defilement cases,” some of the residents disclosed to Sunday Sun. “Just last year the news of how he raped two little girls was all over the street. And one of the victims was a physically challenged minor. The police should thoroughly investigate this matter. How can we have a paedophile living with us here?,” an elder in the community said.

A community leader and social worker of Child Protection Network (CPN), Shomolu Local Government Area, Comrade Toyin Okanlawon who got wind of the child abuse incident, moved in with police officers of Bariga Police Station to arrest Salami. Okanlawon said the rape incident was at the verge of being swept under the carpet again by some elders in the community before the police arrived. “When we got there, some residents and elders in the streets were begging and trying to reach a compromise between Salami and Iya Meta, not to get the police involved in the matter.”

Stating his own side of the story, Salami said: “I didn’t have sex with her. On that day, I saw her standing in the compound. So I aimed a catapult at her but she said I wouldn’t dare to shoot her. So, I started chasing her till she ran into the uncompleted house. I didn’t know the room she ran into. When she finally came out, I flogged her with a broom and then let her go.”

However, some furious residents and eyewitnesses hinted to Sunday Sun that no broom was seen at the scene and Salami could not produce the broom he claimed to have used to flog the girl. “Again, we didn’t see any scar on Stella’s body to show that she was actually flogged with a broom,” they chorused.

Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer, Bariga Police Station, CSP Ayobo Nathaniel Ijaola, hinted that the case has been transferred to the Gender Unit at the headquarters of the Lagos Police Command, for further investigation and prosecution of the suspect. He further warned residents to always report criminal matters to the police and avoid trying to settle the matter themselves. “Residents should desist from taking laws into their own hands. The suspect was about to go scot-free after assaulting a minor until we came into the matter. We have done our investigations and have transferred Salami to the state police headquarters for prosecution.” (The Sun)

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Nursing Home Carer Arrested For Raping Dementia Patient During Her Overnight Shift |RN

‘She jumped on me and raped me’: Nursing home carer is arrested for assaulting a dementia patient after she was found naked inside the man’s room during her overnight shift

  • Guettie Belizaire, 39, was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping the man at the Brookshire Assisted Living Facility in Melbourne, Florida
  • Belizaire, who is a certified nurse, was allegedly found by coworkers naked and getting dressed in the man’s bathroom at about 5am on December 13 
  • Police said employees noticed the man ‘distraught and confused’ in his bed and he later told officers: ‘She jumped on me and raped me’
  • Police said employees at the nursing home had been looking for Belizaire after noticing she had been absent for more than 90 minutes
  • Authorities said DNA evidence came back last month linking her to the victim
Guettie Belizaire, 39, was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting the man during her overnight shift at the Brookshire Assisted Living Facility in Melbourne, Florida in December

Guettie Belizaire, 39, was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting the man during her overnight shift at the Brookshire Assisted Living Facility in Melbourne, Florida in December

Florida nursing home carer has been accused of raping an elderly patient with dementia after she was found naked in the man’s room and he told police she jumped on him.

Guettie Belizaire, 39, was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting the man during her overnight shift at the Brookshire Assisted Living Facility in Melbourne in December.

Belizaire, who is a certified nurse, was allegedly found by coworkers naked and getting dressed in the man’s bathroom at about 5am on December 13.

Police said employees noticed the man ‘distraught and confused’ in his bed.

‘She jumped on me and raped me,’ the man told police when they were called to the facility.

Police said employees at the nursing home had been looking for Belizaire after noticing she had been absent for more than 90 minutes.

Belizaire denied ever being in the room with the victim but provided police with a DNA saliva swab.

The elderly man, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, was taken to a nearby hospital where a sexual assault kit was completed.

The certified nurse was arrested and faced court on Tuesday after police said DNA came back linking her to the elderly dementia patient

The certified nurse was arrested and faced court on Tuesday after police said DNA came back linking her to the elderly dementia patient

 

Police issued an arrest warrant last month for Belizaire on charges of lewds and lascivious molestation of an elderly person and abuse of an elderly person

Police issued an arrest warrant last month for Belizaire on charges of lewds and lascivious molestation of an elderly person and abuse of an elderly person

DNA evidence from the kit was returned to police on March 25 and police said it confirmed the victim’s claim that he had been assaulted Belizaire.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Belizaire on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of an elderly person and abuse of an elderly person.

Belizaire was taken into custody on Monday and faced a judge the following day where she was held on $10,000 bond. She will be arraigned next month.

Belizaire was immediately suspended following the incident and later fired by the nursing home.

Belizaire was immediately suspended from the Brookshire Assisted Living Facility in Melbourne, Florida following the incident and was later fired by the nursing home

‘At The Brookshire, the safety and well-being of our staff and residents is always our highest priority,’ a spokeswoman for the facility said following Belizaire’s arrest.

‘Our center complies with numerous state and federal regulations, as well as internal policies that are designed to keep residents safe.

‘While the ongoing investigation of this case prevents us from commenting on details, we followed all of the appropriate protocols, including the immediate suspension and eventual termination of the employee in question. We will continue to fully cooperate with local authorities and state agencies as their investigation continues.’

The certified nurse was arrested and faced court on Tuesday after police said DNA came back linking her to the elderly dementia patient

Belizaire was immediately suspended from the Brookshire Assisted Living Facility in Melbourne, Florida following the incident and was later fired by the nursing home

Source: Daily Mail

 

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Viral Video: Lady Who Flogged Victim Begs, Asks Nigerians To Stop Her From Going To Jail

By Chibiko Ikenna Offor

It is wisdom to think before acting and one of the ladies who humiliated the victim in the viral video, wishes she did just that.

The Nigerian lady, who allegedly helped her sister to strip naked, humiliate the lady in the viral video, who also flogged the lady they lured to their house, is begging Nigerians to speak up on her behalf to prevent her from going to jail.

In her own words:

“Nigerians please, arise and speak for me; I don’t want to go to jail; I am deeply sorry for my action. This is not my character, I acted based on my emotions for my child of which my ex -husband took away from me. I don’t want to go to jail help me Nigerians protest for my sake”.

The problem is that she cannot take back the pains and humiliation she and her sister caused the other lady, who is also a widow.

Obviously, a long jail term is beckoning on her and her accomplice. She will learn her lessons in prison.

This video has generated a lot of euphoria, anger, discussions and a lot of attention on the social media. And many have shown disgust, anger than acceptance for the actions of these two ladies on their fellow woman.

Their plans was evil and criminal and a punishment is something they well deserve.

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Teenager, Ngozi Eze Allegedly Raped, Found Dead In Bush In Enugu |RN

By Philips Ochukhe

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A teenage girl Ngozi Eze, who went for a JAMB lesson in Enugu was found lifeless after being allegedly raped to death by unknown men.

The girl who was a JAMB candidate and taking evening classes in preparation for the UTME examination was found dead in a bush behind Community Secondary School, Imufu, Enugu.

After long hours of no return from her JAMB lessons, the family searched for her and declared her missing.

Jonathan Eze, the deceased’s father revealed he had earlier dropped her daughter with his motorbike at the tutorial centre.

Mourning the death of his daughter, Eze told the crowd that gathered in the bush where his daughter’s corpse was found that he took her on his motorcycle to the Township School, Ogrute, Enugu Ezike, where she went for JAMB lessons in the evening of Tuesday.

According to him, he went back later to pick her only to be informed that somebody had given her a lift.

“I left Township School, Ogrute and went home straight, hoping to see her but she wasn’t there. We waited till 8 pm and started looking for her.

“She was not the type that normally socialises. We did not sleep as her telephone number was switched off. It was only this morning (Wednesday) that we got information that her corpse was found here.

“She was to enter the university last year when she completed her secondary education but we prevailed on her to exercise patience for her elder brother to graduate because we cannot afford to train two persons in the university.

“Since then, she has been working hard to gain admission this year, but this is what has now happened.”  (Peplnews.net)

 

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Viral Video: Lady Who Flogged Victim In Video Arraigned In Court, Was Expelled From School

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The lady who did the flogging waiting for her time in court

by Ike
One of the women who flogged the lady in the viral video in Anambra state has been arraigned in court alongside other suspects linked to the assault incident.
Nigerian humanitarian, Paulcy Iwuala who confirmed that the woman who flogged the lady in the viral nude video has been arraigned in court alongside other suspects, said she had no atom of remorse in her, as one minute she’s sober the other minute she’s shouting at anyone that probed further her about her personality. It was further gathered that the lady who was spotted in the video flogging the victim, Ogo, was expelled from school in the Philippines.
Ogo (the victim) who has a son lost her husband two years ago to a car accident, since then life has been hell. She said, ‘my intention was not to break any home, he has been my friend even before we got married’, she ended it with these words “ ‘It is going to get tougher now, can I live with this’? ..  (Unclesuru)
Some account by an eyewitness in court

Here are photos from the court proceedings below;

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Court session

 

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Outside the court premises

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Viral Video: Perpetrators Who Stripped Lady Naked Face 5 Charges, Jail Term |RN

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The victim being brutalised by the prepetrators

By Editor,

The case of a lady  whose video went viral on the social media has finally changed to blackmail, conspiracy, and deprivation of liberty, and jail term is now beckoning on those behind such a shameful act.

The video ignited a strong discussion among Nigerians about husbands or male parnters and their so-called sidechicks and how the women handled this case.

Arrest have been made in the case of the viral video showing a naked lady being beaten by another lady for allegedly having an affair with the husband of the beater.

The video made it look like those were caught having sex but the lady in question was invited by the husband of one of the ladies and she came over before the ladies came in to embarras her and stripped her naked and locked her up for several hours.

The details of the case and charges are a follow below:

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CONSPIRACY, BLACKMAIL, DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY AND ASSAULT OCCASIONING HARM.

On the 21/3/2019 at about 2:40pm, one Okafor Ogochukwu ‘F’ of Osile Village Ogidi reported at Central Police Station Awka that on 19/03/2019 at about 11:36am, she was invited by her male facebook friend, one Ifeanyi Azota ‘m’ to his house at Ezimezi village in Amawbia. All of a sudden a woman who claimed to be his wife namely Azotani Toochukwu ‘f’ suddenly appeared into the house with her friend one Ogochukwu Nwankwo ‘F’ and Locked her inside the bathroom for almost four hours and left.

  1. The women later came back with two big canes and opened the bathroom door.
  2. However, while the suspect’s friend, one Ogochukwu Nwankwo stripped her naked and flogged her severally, the principal suspect was busy video taping the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.

  3. Complainant further alleged that the principal suspect, Azotani Toochuckwu called her on phone the following day and demanded for the sum of Sixty thousand Naira (N60,000) or they will post her nude video on the internet.

  4. Consequently, when the complainant refused to pay the money as requested, the principal suspect Azotani Toochukwu actualised her threat and posted the naked video to the internet and since then the video went viral.

  5. Meanwhile, three suspects have been arrested and scene of the incident was visited by police detectives attached to Central Police Station Awka. The case is under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

SP Haruna Mohammed PPRO Anambra State Police Command,
For -Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command.

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Viral Video: Police Arrest 3 As Anambra Woman Strips, Beats Hubby’s Facebook Friend

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Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
 
The police in Anambra State have arrested three persons including a woman for stripping and attacking her husband’s Facebook female friend.
 
The woman, Tochukwu Azota, allegedly attacked and stripped Okafor Ogochukwu her husband’s Facebook friend in their family house at Amawbia, Awka South local government of the state.
 
It was alleged that Mr. Azota had Ogochukwu through Facebook before bringing her into their matrimonial home in Amawbia when the incident happened.
 
Our correspondent gathered that Mrs. Azota had been monitoring her husband’s conversation with Ogochukwu through his phone before she caught him with her on that fateful day.
 
She was said to have locked up the lovebirds in the room upon noticing the strange visitor, and went and procured the services of her friends who came back and gave the unwanted guest the beating of her life including stripping and chasing her out of gate naked.
 
A source in the family who pleaded anonymity said: “The woman was stripped, beaten to a pulp and her nude video uploaded on the social media.
 
“We tried to interven but her assailants stopped everybody from coming in until they accomplished their mission and pushed the woman out of the gate naked.”
 
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said three persons had already been arrested in connection with the matter, adding that the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.
 
“One Okafor Ogochukwu of Osile village Ogidi reported at Central Police Station Awka that she was invited by her male Facebook friend, one Ifeanyi Azota, to his house at Ezimezi village in Amawbia.
 
“All of a sudden a woman who claimed to be his wife, Azotani Tochukwu, appeared in the housed, one Ogochukwu Nwankwo (female) and locked her inside the bathroom for almost four hours and left.
 
“The women later came back with two big canes and opened the bathroom.
 
“While the suspect’s friend one Ogochukwu Nwankwo, stripped her naked and flogged her severally, the principal suspect was busy video-taping the incident and thereafter pushed her out from the compound naked.
 
“The complainant further alleged that the principal suspect, Azotani Toochuckwu, called her on phone the following day and demanded the sum of N60,000 or they would post her nude video on the internet.”
 
Mohammed further said, “consequently, when the complainant refused to pay the money as requested, the principal suspect Azotani Tochukwu, actualised her threat and posted the naked video on the internet and since then the video has gone viral.
 
“The scene of the incident had been visited by police detectives attached to Central Police Station Awka.”   (The Sun)
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25-year-old Katsina Man In Prison For Raping Neighbour’s Wife |RN

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina

A 25-year-old man, Imrana Haruna, has been remanded in the Katsina Prison for allegedly raping his neighbour’s wife.

The victim’s husband, one Musa Idris, reported the incident at the Kafur Police Station, leading to Haruna’s arrest and arraignment in court for prosecution.

Haruna of Bayala village in the Kafur Local Government Area of the state reportedly committed the offence on September 22, 2018.

He and the couple reside in the same house.

The police told the Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday that Haruna “criminally entered into the victim’s room without permission” and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.

The suspect was charged with criminal trespass, criminal force and rape under sections 348, 262, and 283 of the Penal Code.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, told the court that investigation into the matter was still in progress and requested for a new date for mention.

The presiding Senior Magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, remanded the accused in prison custody till March 7, 2019.  (Punch)

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Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault, What Happens Next? |The Republican News

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(Provided by People)

The jury in Bill Cosby’s retrial found him guilty of aggravated assault Thursday after about 12 hours of deliberation.

His conviction on all three counts means they determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that the comedian molested Temple University staffer Andrea Constand during a visit to his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, despite the fact that she could not consent because the pills he gave her rendered her unconscious.

But now that the verdict is in, what happens next? Here’s what we know.

Cosby is not going to jail — at least not yet.

Judge Steven O’Neill allowed the comedian, who had already posted a $1 million bond, to remain free on bail until his sentencing but said he must remain in Pennsylvania until then. A sentencing date has not been announced.

“It’s supposed to happen within 90 days (of conviction) but if all the parties agree it happens after that, it’s fine,” says Brian Zeiger, a defence lawyer who tries cases in Montgomery County, Pa., and the neighbouring Philadelphia and Bucks counties.

Michael Donio, a retired New Jersey superior court judge, says the next legal battle will be at sentencing. If Cosby is sentenced to prison, he’d go directly behind bars. However, Donio expects his lawyers to argue he should be out on bond during the appeal. Such a request, he said, is usually not granted.

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Cosby, who is 80, blind and in declining health, was convicted on three counts, each carrying up to 10 years in prison, so any jail time could be a death sentence.

According to state law, O’Neill can sentence Cosby to either a consecutive prison term (i.e., back-to-back terms) or concurrent ones, meaning he would serve them all at the same time, with the longest term determining the duration of his prison stay.

“I would think that it would be a concurrent situation,” says Zeiger, who has tried numerous sex-offence cases. In his experience, whether a defendant gets concurrent sentencing “depends on the judge and the number of victims. In this case, they only proceeded with one. But I think they would also consider his age.”

Fellow Philadelphia-area defence attorney Steven Fairlie says Cosby is likely to get a concurrent sentence because the charges all stem from the same crime.

a close up of Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson, 63, is testifying against him at his sex-assault retrial on April 12, 2018 in Norristown, Pa.© Mark Makela, Getty Images Bill Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson, 63, is testifying against him at his sex-assault retrial on April 12, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.

But Fairlie also points out that possible victim testimony at the sentencing hearing and Cosby’s outburst following the guilty verdict — Cosby stood up and shouted vulgarities at Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele — could lead the judge to consider a harsher sentence of up to 10 years.

“Hurling insults at the district attorney is not going to help his case,” he says.

The length of Cosby’s sentence will determine where he serves time.

Zeiger says that if Cosby’s sentence is less than one or two years, he’ll likely serve it at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pa., or through house arrest. He discounts the possibility of work release, citing Cosby’s age.

Gloria Allred et al. posing for the camera: Cosby accuser Judy Huth and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, right, in Los Angeles in December 2014.© Anthony McCartney, AP Cosby accuser Judy Huth and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, right, in Los Angeles in December 2014.

“If it’s one to two years or more, he would go into the state system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” he says, “and then the trial court would lose jurisdiction over his custody.”

Donio says Cosby’s lawyers will likely argue a prison will be unable to take care of Cosby, who has said he is completely blind. If they can successfully argue this position, and a jail assessment agrees, Cosby could get house arrest or probation.

The defence team is vowing to appeal his conviction.

As he left the courthouse Thursday, lead defence attorney Tom Mesereau vowed, “The fight is not over,” indicating his intent to appeal. However, an appeal cannot proceed until Cosby is sentenced.

“After the day of sentencing, you have 10 days to file a motion for reconsideration for certain things, like there wasn’t enough evidence to convict or something is wrong with the sentencing,” Zeiger explains. “The 10-day motion stops the clock on everything. … It’s there intentionally for certain things that allow a trial court to correct simple mistakes.”

a woman standing in front of a window: Cosby accuser Chloe Goins in January 2015 in Los Angeles.       © Nick Ut, AP Cosby accuser Chloe Goins in January 2015 in Los Angeles.

Next, he says, the judge would have the power to correct the mistake pointed out in the 10-day motion and remedy it. “It could be a new trial; it could be new sentencing. If the 10-day motion is denied, the case moves to a higher court and the judge then just has to write an opinion explaining why he ruled a certain way and then the superior court has jurisdiction at that point.”

He adds that if the issues the defence plans to raise on appeal don’t fit the parameters of a 10-day motion, they can immediately file a notice of appeal within 30 days of sentencing. “But if you don’t put (the tiny mistakes) in the 10-day motion, you can’t appeal them at a later date.”

The civil cases against him will proceed.

“What’s next?” attorney Lisa Bloom tweeted after the guilty verdict came in. “My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we’ve been fighting and winning for three-plus years, goes on.”

She added, ” Mr Cosby, I’m looking forward to taking your deposition.”

Dickinson’s California suit asserts that Cosby and lawyer Martin Singer defamed her by calling her a “liar” after she publicly accused Cosby of raping her in 2014, following several other women who had already stepped forward to say they had been assaulted by the entertainer. Cosby is appealing a ruling allowing Dickinson’s case to proceed.

Three other civil cases wait in the wings, each having been put on hold until Cosby’s criminal case is resolved.

All of those other allegations were too old to pursue in criminal court under statutes of limitation. Consequently, some of Cosby’s accusers have filed lawsuits in civil courts seeking to go after Cosby. Here’s an update on the other cases:

Judy Huth

In Los Angeles, Cosby is being sued by Judy Huth, who is repped by Bloom’s mother, power lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of other Cosby accusers, including three who were allowed to testify at the retrial.

In her suit, Huth accuses the comedian of sexual battery: She says he forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15. In June 2017, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan tentatively scheduled a trial on Huth’s lawsuit for July 30, 2018.

In December, Cosby gave a deposition in the case, which was then sealed by a judge who ruled Cosby can be deposed again once the criminal case is concluded.

Chloe Goins

Former model Chloe Goins is suing the comedian for sexual battery and other claims, also in California. Goins says Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

Prosecutors declined to file a criminal case against Cosby stemming from Goins’ allegations, saying investigators could not corroborate them. Last summer, a judge denied Cosby’s motion to dismiss and scheduled a trial for June 2018. Florida lawyer Spencer Kuvin represents Goins.

Bill Cosby wearing a suit and tie: On April 26, TV legend Bill Cosby was found guilty and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one woman, Andrea Constand, 45. The victim claimed that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home in January 2004. After a retrial and several accusers coming forward, the nail in the coffin finally dropped. The comedian is now facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count and the possibility of fines up to $25,000 for each count. Keep reading to see how celebrities are reacting to the shocking news...

The Massachusetts defamation case

Seven women sued Cosby for defamation in one lawsuit pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls. They say he sexually abused them decades ago and then defamed them after they went public by having his agents deny the claims and brand them, liars.

Repped by lawyer Joseph Cammarata, the suit started with one accuser, Tamara Green, and grew to include six other women: Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.

But Judge Mark Mastroianni granted Cosby’s motion to dismiss five of the counts relating to accuser Angela Leslie because the plaintiffs conceded the allegedly defamatory statements at issue were not about her. Cosby tweeted about the development on June 30, calling it another example of his success in getting claims against him dismissed.

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