A Kildare man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl while saying he was looking for “hash” has been remanded in the Central Mental Hospital pending sentence.
24 yr old Michael Ogunbawo of Easton Green, Leixlip but originally from Nigeria suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. During the assault he threatened to “break her face” if she didn’t stop trying to escape.
Ogunbawo pleaded guilty to sexual assault of the 16 yr old on July 7, 2006 in the home of one of the girl’s friends. The girl was out shopping when she received three unusual phone calls, all of which asked her for hash…In the third, she was asked for sex. The girl recognised the voice as being Ogunbawo’s.
She went to a friend’s house later that day, where she saw him in the sitting room. He grabbed her arm and pushed her against the wall.
She fended him off, and while sitting on the couch, he put his hand on her leg, pinched her buttocks, and put his hands down her top He told her he would “break her face” if she did not keep still. The girl and her friend ran outside where they met the friend’s mother who told them to call the gardai. Ogunbawo was arrested shortly thereafter.
Ogunbawo suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and has 12 previous convictions including several for assault and theft.