The Ondo State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, has sentenced a woman, Mrs Toyin Olusa, to one year imprisonment for causing the death of her husband, Mr Adeyinka Olusa, at the Ijoka area of the capital city.
He died on December 28, 2017.from “sepsis, bronchopneumonia and extensive superficial burns injuries.”
She was arrested and arraigned on one count of assault occasioning harm.
According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.
After a series of arguments from the prosecuting and defence counsel, Mr Femi Emodamori and Mr Shola Agunloye, respectively, the court held that the defendant committed the office, adding that the prosecution proved its case beyond doubt.
The defendant, however, pleaded with the court to be lenient with her.
In her judgement, the magistrate, Mrs Ruth Olomilua, sentenced the widow to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.
She said, “The prosecutor proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and the defendant is guilty of the offence. The defendant is hereby sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.”
“We fought powerful forces who wanted to compromise this case. So, we wanted a stronger punishment that would serve as a deterrent to others. This was not what we expected, but we have no choice,” she added.