Court Sentences Man To Life Imprisonment Over Attempted Murder

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A 43-year-old man, Akinyemi Ojo has been sentenced to a life imprisonment by an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti for attempted Murder.

Ojo was arraigned before Justice Blessing Ajileye on 25th January, 2023 on one-count charge bordering on attempt to murder.

The charge reads that, “Akinyemi Ojo on 5th December, 2022 in Aramoko Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did attempt to murder one David Faith by matcheting her.”

The offence according to the charge, is contrary to Section 241 of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, 2021.

The victim in her testimony before the court said, “I was going to my farm on that day, I met the defendant on the way and we exchanged pleasantry, I later branched to my farm to pluck some okro. After some time, I saw the defendant coming towards where I was, holding a cutlass. I suspected his movement to be of evil agenda, I then took to my heels.

‘He was chasing with cutlass and met me where I fell, he gave me machete cuts all over my body and I became unconscious, I did not see him again when I regained little consciousness, I crawled to the main road where some passersby took me to the General Hospital, Aramoko Ekiti, I did not know my offence or why he decided to kill me”, she concluded.

The prosecutor, Taiwo Ajibulu-Ariyo called five witnesses and tendered defendant and victims’ statements, cutlass and pictures of the victim as exhibits to proof his case while the defendant spoke in his own defence through his lawyer and called no witness.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Blessing Ajileye said, “In this instant case, I found that the defendant matchetted
the victim and degree of injury inflicted on her was capable of causing her death but for the intervening efforts of the passersby who saw her in the pool of blood.

“The defendant is hereby convicted as charged in line with Section 241 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, he is accordingly sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge ruled.

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