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Shonde sentenced to death by hanging for killing wife

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Justice Josephine Oyefeso of Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced to death by hanging, Lekan Shonde, a dockworker who killed his banker wife, Ronke Shonde at their resident in Egbeda on May 6, 2016.

The judge while delivering judgment yesterday found him guilty of one charge brought against Shonde by the state government.

The trial judge said that the state has proven their case beyond reasonable doubt. Noting that the circumstantial evidence is clear that the deceased is defendant wife and they have two children.

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“I cannot but hold the sudden provocation, the heat of passion and the retaliation. The violence used by the defendant was in excess of a reasonable man.”
 
The judge reiterated the analyses of the pathologist, Dr. Shokunle Shoyemi that examination revealed old and fresh injuries on the deceased. She held that the bruises on the deceased cheek, blood collection in the brain, brain swelling and other multiple injuries could not have been by self-inflicted injuries.

“The defendant in the case was very economical with the truth stating that he only slapped her when he overheard his wife on a phone call praising the sexual prowess of a lover does not march the degree of autopsy report. 

“In the light of overwhelming evidence against the defendant, the court is satisfied that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. The act was intentionally done. I found the defendant guilty.”

Justice Oyefeso held that, section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 prescribed that the person who commits murder shall be sentenced to death

“In line with section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015, this is the sentence of the court upon you Olalekan Shonde, that you are to hang in the neck until you are dead. May the Lord have mercy on you.”
It would be recalled that Ronke’s 36 year-old lifeless body was discovered in their apartment on May 6, 2016 and Shonde was charged for alleged murder. 

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He was arraigned on October 24, 2017 by the Lagos State government. The prosecution alleged that Shonde committed the offence at 8:30p.m. on May 5, 2016 at his residence in Tiemo Street, Egbeda, Lagos..

During the trial, the prosecution called six witnesses and tendered various exhibits.

However, Shonde in his defense told court he legally married to Ronke, his wife whom he was referring to as “Adunni” was sleeping on the couch in the sitting room with her phone while he was leaving home on that day of the incident. 
He had told the court that he heard his wife speaking to one Kayode on the phone a day to her death, telling him how sweet he made love to her. He slapped her on the wall.

After he was found guilty before the judge sentenced him, defendant counsel, A. Mohammed allocutus plead for mercy. 

He said, “My Lord, there are two children of the marriage. I know as a matter of fact, these two children have passed through a worse moment of their life, agonies that are immeasurable. I know if these two children have any control in this proceeding, it will be that their father should not be prosecuted at all, but since not, their wish is this, their father be sentenced on a very liberal term.

“The defendant has no criminal record, he has developed series of failing health since his detention.

“This defendant hardly see very well again, he sees faintly. My Lord, he is hypertensive as he stands there and the authority of the prison can confirm.”

However, the state prosecutor responded thus, “I agree, we are not aware of any past criminal record of the defendant. In view of the conviction for this charge, there is a punishment, we only ask the court to apply it.”


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