By Victor Adeoti
Osogbo – Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court in Ikirun on Friday sentenced two men to death by hanging for murder.
Falola in his judgment, said the prosecution counsel proved his case against the convicts, Orisakunle Abiodun, 21; and Opadokun Olayinka, 29, beyond reasonable doubt for the murder of one Matthew Adeoye in Ikirun.
Falola, however, discharged and acquitted the third accused, Femi Aroyehun for lack of evidence against him.
The convicts, who were first arraigned on Jan. 22, 2018, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy to commit murder and murder, preferred against them.
The State Counsel, Mr Philips Afolayan, had earlier told the court that the three defendants murdered one Matthew Adeoye on March 9, 2017 in Ikirun.
Afolayan said the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 34, Vol. 2, Laws of Osun State and Section 316 (1) and punishable under Section 319 (1) of the same Criminal Code Law of Osun State.
Afolayan told the court that on that fateful day, one of the convicts, Abiodun, used his motorcycle to hit the deceased while returning from work with his friend.
The prosecution counsel said that this resulted in an argument between the deceased and the three convicts.
Afolayan said the convicts and some of their supporters descended on the deceased, who later ran for his life.
He said the deceased was beaten to coma with grievous injury inflicted on him.
Afolayan said the deceased was later rushed to a nearby hospital by the police, where he eventually died on the same day.
The Defence Counsel, Mr L.S. Bello, however, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.