Saturday, March 22, 2014

Court Sentenced Three Men To Death By Hanging For Alleged Baby’s Kidnap, Murder

An Akure High Court yesterday, sentenced three men to death by hanging for alleged kidnapping and murdering of an 18-month-old baby, Rachael Akingboye.

The convicts are Olusegun Obaro, Jonah Lase and Theophilus Friday. The trial judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, in his judgment, said the first and second accused persons were guilty of kidnapping and murder, while the third accused person was only guilty of murder.

They had been arraigned on a two-count charge of kidnapping and murdering of Baby Akingboye, “contrary to and punishable under Section 3 of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Abduction Law 2010, and murder contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ondo State”.

The convicts were said to have kidnapped the deceased from her parent’s residence at Ikorigho in Igbokoda on the night of June 17, 2011.

After she was kidnapped, the corpse of the baby was said to have been found near the residence of the parents with her right eye, right ear, right breast and the right part of her scalp removed.

The convicts had pleaded not guilty to the charges at the commencement of the trial. However, Justice Odusola in his judgment, held that the totality of the evidence before him showed that the prosecution had proved that the three accused persons were responsible for the death of the baby.

He said: “The offences for which the accused were charged are strict liability offences. Death penalty is the punishment for each of the counts. Having found the first and second accused guilty of both counts, the third accused is guilty of murder.

“I hereby sentence Olusegun Obaro, Jonah Lase and Theophilus Friday to death by hanging.”