A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday sentenced Akolade Arowolo, 32, who was accused of killing his wife, Titilayo to death by hanging.
Arolowo’s wife, a staff of Skye Bank Plc, died of multiple stab wounds three years ago at their N0 8, Akindehinde Street, Isolo Lagos.
The accused person was found guilty and sentenced by Justice Lateefat Okunu who held that the prosecution team proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
While reading the judgment, Justice Okunu said “applying the eliminating induction by eliminating other factors; judging by this case the factors, including the possibilities of another person entering the flat to stab the deceased to death, the possibility of the deceased stabbing herself and the possibility of that the wounds were caused in autopsy room; it is my finding that no other persons but the defendant who stabbed Titilayo to death. This established the causal link between the death and the defendant.
I pronounce the defendant guilty and accordingly sentenced to death”
Right after the judge pronounced the sentence, Arowolo slumped in the dock and burst into tears.
It is believed that testimony of the forensic pathologist, Prof. John Obafunwa, who testified that there were at least 76 stab wounds found on the deceased was relied on by the judge.
Though Arowolo claimed during trial that his wife stabbed herself, Prof. Obafunwa had testified that the injuries must have been caused by sharp weapon applied on the deceased and they could not have been self-inflicted. The pathologist told the court that some of the wounds penetrated to the heart, and damaged the organ and others including, the diaphragm, lung and the liver of the deceased.
He said “I summarise the death of the deceased as caused by multiple injuries on the heart and abdomen due to knife and sharp blunt force trauma.”