An Abeokuta High Court presided over by the Chief Judge of Ogun state; Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu on Wednesday, November 17, 2020 sentenced a 39 years old automobile mechanic, Musiliu Owolabi to death by hanging for killing his lover, Afusat Idowu.
The convict had earlier been arraigned at the court on Nov. 12, 2019, and had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The CJ while delivering her judgment, submitted that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts that Owolabi was guilty of the offence charged, hence, convicted him.
Abeokuta High court judge, Dipeolu, said the offence by the 39 years old man committed contravened the provisions of section 319 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun 2006.
She held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and therefore, sentenced Owolabi to death by hanging.
The state prosecution counsel, Mr James Mafe, Director of legal Drafting, Planning Research and Statistics, had earlier said the convict committed the offence on Feb.1, 2018, at Camp area in Abeokuta.
The convict, according to the prosecution counsel at Abeokuta High Court took his lover to a hotel for pleasure after a while she complained of stomach ache and later started foaming from her mouth.
“The convict took her in his vehicle and on his way noticed she was dead. Instead of doing the right thing by going straight to a nearby police station to report the incidence, he secretly took the deceased to an uncompleted building, dug a shallow grave and buried her without disclosing to anybody.
“The convict was arrested when the younger brother of the deceased went to the police station to complain that his sister who told him she was going for a naming ceremony at Bode Olude area never returned.
“Upon police investigation, with the help of tracking the deceased phone, it was discovered that the convict was the last person that spoke with the deceased.
“On his arrest, he made a confessional statement to the police and took them to where he buried his lover.” Mafe said