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Palm kernel merchant to be hanged for murder of girl friend

A High Court   in Okitipupa, Ondo State, on Tuesday sentenced a palm kernel merchant, Abayomi Timothy, 37, to death by hanging for the murder of his girlfriend .

 Timothy was convicted for strangling his girlfriend, Oluwaseun Oyeyemi, 21, to death after having carnal knowledge of her.

Segun Adodo, the  35-year-old friend  of  Timothy, was also sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for being an accessory after he was convicted of attempting to conceal the murder by secretly disposing of the corpse by the roadside.

Justice Yemi  Fasanmi said the prosecution had proved  the  case against the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt.

Fasanmi pointed out that murder was a capital offence attracting the death sentence, adding that the court had no discretion to exercise in the matter.

“The sentence of this court upon you, Abayomi Timothy, is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul,” he said.

Sentencing  Adodo, who was the second accused person,  the judge said he considered the age of the convict, the fact that he was a father, coupled with the fact that he  had spent about nine years in prison.

“I am of the opinion that the experience  will serve as a deterrent to other people of  like minds. I therefore sentence him to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour,” he said.

The prosecutor, Mr Abimbola Oladunmiye, had called three prosecution witnesses  while the defence counsel, Mr Omotayo Ogungbemi, called two witnesses.

Prosecution Witness 2  and  a specialist in Forensic Pathology, Dr  William Ajewole, stated  in his post mortem report  that the victim  was strangled.

Timothy, who admitted that the deceased was his girlfriend, denied complicity in her death.

He claimed that on the date of her death, the deceased visited him in the house of his friend, Adodo, groaning and complaining of stomach ache.

“She said that one Folorunsho, a male friend,  gave her drugs to use and  this I suspected to be in an attempt to induce  abortion,” he said.

Pleading for leniency for Timothy, the defence counsel said Adodo was married and his wife delivered a baby boy a day after his arrest and subsequently died.

Timothy was said to have strangled Oyeyemi on Nov. 6, 2004, at Ode-Erinje in  Okitipupa Judicial Division.

Adodo was said to have  attempted to conceal the murder on the same date while  both convicts had pleaded not guilty to the charges. (NAN)


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