Breaking: Ibadan Husband Killer Bags 7 Years for Manslaughter

Female lawyer, Mrs Yewande Oyediran, who stabbed her husband, Oyelowo, to death has been sentenced to seven years in jail for manslaughter.
The accused, who is a Principal Counsel at the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, was alleged to have stabbed her 38-year-old husband, Oyelowo Oyediran, to death on February 2, 2016 over claims that her husband fathered a child out of wedlock.
Oyediran was said to have stabbed her France-based husband on the neck during an argument, leading to his death.
According to the charge sheet, “Yewande on February 2, 2016 at about 6:10am at No 30 Abidiodan, Akobo area, Ibadan, in the Ibadan Magisterial District, did unlawfully cause the death of one Oyelowo Oyediran, 38, by stabbing him with knife on the neck, which later resulted to his death.”
She was charged with murder
However, in a judgment on Monday, the Judge held that Mrs Oyediran was guilty of Manslaughter, rather than murder she was charged with. Justice Muntar Abimbola of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, in the judgment said that evidence pointed to Yewande as the killer of her husband; but witnesses presented by the defence counsel failed to establish the intent behind the killing.
The court held that going by the relationship between Yewande and her husband as husband and wife (at the time of the husband’s death), the killing was done without intent.
The couple had no child together.
The Judge said that with the evidence before the court, the convict and her late husband had frequently engaged in domestic violence.
He also adjudged the evidence of the couple’s landlord and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Akinpelu, as credible.
The landlord and his wife had told the court that they saw the convict holding a knife, while the deceased was in a pool of blood.
“Having seen the defendant holding a knife and the defendant had earlier confirmed that she stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors a day before, I hold that it was the defendant that stabbed the deceased,” said the Judge.
Abimbola also said that he took into consideration the autopsy report of Prof. Abideen Oluwashola, a consultant from the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
“According to the autopsy report, the deceased died as a result of shock from a deep wound caused by a sharp object,” Abimbola said.
The court said the evidence of the convict could not be relied upon, because her statement with the Police was different from her statement before the court.
Earlier, the defence counsel, Leye Adepoju, had, on the basis that his client was a first time offender, prayed the court to be lenient with the term of the sentence.
He added that imprisonment was not to ruin, but to reform.
“If it is too long, it would ruin the life and as well jeopardise the job of the defendant, being a legal practitioner,” he said.
The prosecution counsel, Sanya Akinyele, however, said he was leaving the issue of the sentencing to the discretion of the court.
In his judgment, Justice Abimbola convicted Yewande of manslaughter. Her sentence was to start running since the day of her arrest, the judge said.
The day of judgment was initially slated for November 24, 201, but the Judge moved the day to November 27, 2017 because of other engagements at the Nigerian Judicial Commission.
On May 24, 2016, Justice Abimbola had ordered the commencement of the trial of Mrs Oyediran.
The Judge said this after overruling the preliminary objection to the charge preferred against the accused, filed by her counsel.
In the application, the counsel prayed the court to strike out the charge since it was instituted by the Oyo State Department of Public Prosecution and not the state Attorney General.
The application also raised the issue of court jurisdiction.
The Judge, however, dismissed the objection, ruling that the case should commence on June 23 and June 27, 2016.
In her defence in the trial that lasted over a year, Mrs Oyediran said the crisis started on July 27, 2015, when she became aware that her husband had a child from another woman.
She said on July 27, 2015, she received a call from the baby mama of her husband, who claimed to be her husband’s second wife.
Shocked, she said she warned her husband to instruct the woman never to call her number again. She added that the woman called again on February 1, 2016 which further infuriated her.
According to her, she asked her husband why her girlfriend kept calling her in spite of warning against the action.
She stated further that her husband became suddenly enraged and went violent when she accosted him with the repeated calls from the mother of his baby.
On February 2, 2016 when her husband met his untimely death, Mrs Oyediran said she stabbed him with the scissors when he attacked her upon complaining about the persistence in the unwanted calls from his girlfriend.
Upon interrogation, she however, said he did not die as a result of the attack because it was not a deliberate attempt to kill him, stressing that she actually helped him to the hospital on the fateful day for medical care.

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