For Smashing Business Woman’s Head With Sledge Hammer; Husband, Wife To Die By Hanging In Osun 

By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo  

Justice Adedotun Onibokun of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife has sentenced a couple to death by hanging for killing a businesswoman, Mrs Bukola Taiwo.

The convicts: Mr. Fatai Jimoh and Lateefat Jimoh had smashed the victim’s head with a sledge hammer after strangulating her to death.
They were said to have also robbed of N48, 780 and some kegs of palm oil after killing her.
The convicts had been arraigned on June 2, 2014, before the matter was decided yesterday.
The prosecuting counsel from the state Ministry of Justice, Moses Faremi, a principal state counsel had during the hearing of the case explained to the court that the couple had conspired and committed the crime on  12th of August, 2009.
Faremi further explained that the convicts robbed and killed their victim, an Ibadan based businesswoman who had travelled down to Ile-Ife to buy palm oil.
Fatai and Lateefat were said to have gained access into a house located at Ikeketu Village via Garage Olode in Ife South Local Government Area of the state, grabbed the victim while sleeping and strangulated her to death.
Fatai’s wife was said to have smashed Mrs. Taiwo’s forehead with a sledge harmer.
According to the prosecutor, the convicts made away with the sum of N48,780 belonging to the victim.
Faremi, who had called four witnesses including a police inspector, pathologist from University College Hospital in Ibadan, the village head (Baale) of Ikeketu and some of the deceased’s neighbours who saw the convicts parking kegs of palm oil out of the victim’s house.
The convicts in their confessional statement to the police admitted that they broke into the room where deceased kept kegs of palm oil and stole them. They however said that they sold some of the kegs of palm oil.
They had pleaded not guilty to the allegations contrary to Section (1) 316  and punishable under Section 319 Cap 34,  Laws of Osun State.
The prosecution further argued that the offences contravened Section 6b and punishment under Section 1  (1) 2 (a) of the Robbery and Fire Arms (special provision) Act, Cap R11 Law of federation of Nigeria 200.
Justice Onibokun said the prosecution had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the couple committed the crime and consequently found them guilty on two count-charge of murder and armed robbery.
He however ruled that they should be hanged to death.

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