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Lekan Shonde and his late wife

Lekan Shonde and his late wife

Alleged wife-killer and dockworker, Lekan Shonde, yesterday absolved himself of the death of his wife, Ronke, and told an Ebute Metta Chief Magistrates’ Court that he was innocent of her death.

Meanwhile, Ronke’s remains were laid to rest yesterday at Atan cemetery, Yaba, Lagos.

Shonde was docked by the police before Chief Magistrate O. A. Adelaja following Ronke’s death at their Egbeda, Lagos home on May 5, 2016.

The suspect was also alleged to have locked their two kids with the body of his wife in the house and fled.

In a temporary charge with number D/30/2016, the suspect, who was brought around 11:30 am sporting a cream coloured combat shorts, was accused of beating his wife to death with his fist.

The charge reads: “That you Shonde Olalekan, on May 5, 2016, about 2030 hours at No. 3, Tiemo Street, Egbeda, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did kill one Ronke Shonde, ‘F’ age 37, by giving her fist blow on her head, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

Shonde, who requested the charge to be re-read to him when asked if he understood the charge after the first reading, replied that: “I didn’t kill her.”

The Prosecuting counsel, Inspector Chinalu Uwadione applied that the suspect be remanded in prison custody.

This, according the prosecutor, would enable them to send the case to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

Defence counsel, Mr I. V. Mohammed, did not oppose this and Chief Magistrate Adelaja upheld Inspector Uwadione’s prayer.

“The offence is a capital offence and the defendant is to be remanded in prison custody pursuant to Section 264 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law ((ACJL) 2011.

“The prosecutor should forward the case file to the DPP for advice. The case is adjourned till June 24, 2016,” the court held.


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