An Ondo state High Court has sentenced a 26-year-old man, Saliu Oladayo, to death by hanging for murdering his 19-year old girlfriend, Confidence Ebere.
The incident happened in May, last year, as the convict stabbed the deceased, Ebere, to death at Oshinle Quarters, Akure, over a disagreement that ensued between them.
Oladayo was said to have initially escaped from the scene but was later arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution, subsequently arraigned for prosecution at a magistrate court but later transferred to the High Court.
The court on Tuesday affirmed that he committed the offence, which was contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319(I) of the Criminal Code cap 37, Vol. 1 laws of Ondo State of Nigeria , 2006.
It revealed that the circumstantial evidence and autopsy report revealed that “Saliu Oladayo, a secondary school leaver, stabbed the deceased on the left side of the chest and her left hand with a kitchen knife during a little misunderstanding at No 2 , Dele Ojo Quarters, Akure at about 2pm on May 15, 2018.”
Oladayo is believed to be seeking admission to a University before the incident occurred.
While pronouncing the death sentence judgement, the trial judge, Justice Ademola Bola, declared that Oladayo was found guilty of the offence and sentenced him to death by hanging.