From the Court

Killer of Ilorin MTN staff sentenced to death by hanging


By Kayode Adeoti

After more than three years legal battle, the Kwara State High Court, on Tuesday, sentenced Ogundele David, killer of an MTN telecommunication staff, Abiola Tosin Ashinwo, to death by hanging.
In a judgement handed down by the trial judge, Justice Adebayo Yusuf, Ogundele was convicted on two- count charge.
For the first count charge, the convict committed the  illegal act by stabbing Ashinwo with the intention of causing her death, thereby committing offence of culpable homicide punishable with death under section 229 of the penal code law.
He was also convicted for committing culpable homicide for causing the death of Ashinwo by stabbing her with a knife and thereby committing offence punishable under section 221 of the penal code law.
The judge held that the prosecution has been able to prove the case of culpable homicide against ogundele.
For the first offence, the convict is to serve 25 years jail term while he’s sentenced to death by hanging for the second charge.
Recall that in proving the case before the court, the prosecutor, Abdulmumini Adebimpe Jimoh called 4 witnesses; Inspector Yusuf Daudu, CPL Bunmi Adegboye, Abiola Ashinwo and ASP Gbadebo Adeyemi.
The exhibit tendered by the prosecutor include; Toyota Camry, sharp knife, a pair of rubber slippers, photographs of the deceased, statement of the convict among others.
Confession of the convict quoted by the prosecutor stated as thus;… “On the 25th April, 2016, I woke up and prepared for work But to my surprise I never knew how I found myself in Ilorin, I can never explain how it happened because I really prepared to go to work. Since I’m now in Ilorin, I called my legal wife on phone that she should get dressed that I will take her to Omu-Aran that morning…. I got to Tosin house, since her mum was around, I felt like saying hello to her.
“I got there that morning we exchanged pleasantries, her mum said she was happy to see me and we discussed for few minutes, suddenly, the atmosphere changed and an argument began and before I knew it, I had stabbed her (Tosin) and her mum then, I came to myself, it was like a scale fell off my eyes…”
The prosecutor had posited that the convict, through his confessional statement convicted himself.

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