Attempted murder: Court aquits Osun lawmakers 7 years after arraignment

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By GBENGA OLARINOYE

OSOGBO — An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, yesterday, discharged and acquitted two lawmakers of the state, Mr. Fafowora Folarin and Mr. Timothy Owoeye, who have been standing trial for alleged attempted murder and other offences since 2007.

The lawmakers were standing trial before Justice Olayinka Afolabi on a 13-count charge of arson, conspiracy, malicious damage, public disorderliness, among others.

At the resumed sitting, the trial judge upheld the prayer of the prosecution to withdraw charges five, six, seven, eight, 10 and 11.

On the remaining charges, Justice Afolabi said the issue for determination was whether the prosecution has proved the charge against the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt.

On the issue of conspiracy, the trial judge disclosed that the prosecution failed in all ramifications to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the duo conspired to attempt murder and thereby acquitted them of the charge.

On the count charge of attempted murder, Justice Afolabi said the prosecution must be able to prove the issue of intent, saying after careful consideration of the prosecution witnesses and that of the defence counsel, he opined that no evidence linked the accused persons to the crime and acquitted the duo on the charge.

The duo commended the judgment, saying it was proof of their innocence in the case that took over seven years.

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