Couple strangles palm oil seller to death in Ogun

4 years ago

A man identified as Fatai Jimoh and his wife, Lateefat have been sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Adedotun Onibokun of Osun State High Court in Ile-Ife for murder.

Onibokun in his verdict on Wednesday said the prosecutor had proven his case beyond any reasonable doubt.

He held that the convicts were guilty of the three-count charge of murder, conspiracy and armed robbery.

He said the couple murdered one Bukola Taiwo at Ikeketu Village, near Garage Olode, in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun on August 12, 2009.

According to the prosecutor and State Counsel, Mr Moses Faremi, the deceased was strangled by the couple in her rented room and her head was smashed with a sledge hammer.

He said that after killing the deceased, who was a palm oil seller from Ibadan, the convicts stole her wallet containing the sum of N48, 780.

Faremi said the offence was contrary to Section (1) 316 Law of Osun State and the Robbery and Firearms (special provision) Act, Cap R11 Law of Federation of Nigeria 2000.

The judge consequently sentenced the couple to death by hanging.

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