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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
……Ondo Court convicts Pastor.
An Ondo state High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced a Pastor, Kolawole Samson to death by hanging for killing one middle aged man, Ayo Olaniyi in a village near Okeigbo area of the state.
The trial judge, Justice Ademola Bola held that Pastor Kolawole was guilty of inflicting injury on the deceased’s head with a cutlass at Gberinlegi Village, via Okeigbo, which later led to his death at hospital.
Earlier the state attorney general and Commissioner for Justice, represented by two government’s lawyers Mr Olusegun Akeredolu and Mrs Omotola Ologun, had told the court that the pastor on 3rd of March, 2016, inflicted deep cut injury on the head of late Ayo Olaniyi when he went to hunt for frogs with his three other friends at a fish pond owned by the convict at the village, near Okeigbo.
The lawyers argued that the offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Ondo State (2006).
Some of the witnesses including the mother of the deceased confirmed the allegation against the Kolawole.
The mother of the deceased, Bimbo Olaniyi stated that “on 1/3/2016 her late son Ayo Olaniyi went behind her house to hunt for frog and that one Samson Kolawole accosted him. She added that the suspect attacked him and Inflicted a deep cut on his head before the deceased fell into the pond.
Also police report indicated that “after a careful study of the case file, the following facts emerged that one Samson Kolawole accosted them while other three people escaped. The deceased was apprehended by the convict who took him to his house before he released him to his mother.
“That the deceased sustained a deep matchet cut on his head, soaked in his blood and was taken to the hospital but later died.”
However, the accused person had claimed he was not guilty of the offence but in his judgement delivered yesterday, Justice Ademola Bola, ruled that all evidence adduced before the court during the trial in the last four years, showed that Pastor Kolawole was guilty of killing Olaniyi.
The judge held that Samson Kolawole should die by hanging.