Court jails widow, pleading for forgiveness, for killing ailing husband

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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 .

PUNCH Metro has been following the case of the Adeyinka, a auditor at the of Health Technology, Akure, who died at the Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, in 2017.

He said to have had some marital with wife of 23 years and later became ill.

In November 2017, the Adeyinka collapsed at and wife poured hot on him, which caused severe burns on body and aggravated health condition.

He died on December 28, 2017.from “sepsis, bronchopneumonia and extensive superficial burns injuries.”

While the victim’s relatives claimed the act intentional due to their past disagreements, the widow said she poured the hot on him to revive him after he collapsed.

She 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.

During the court proceedings, the prosecutor told the court the defendant deliberately poured the hot on her husband, causing him injuries in his mouth, chest, hands, thighs and legs.

After a series of arguments from the prosecuting and defence counsel, Mr Femi Emodamori and Mr Shola Agunloye, respectively, the court held the defendant committed the office, adding the prosecution proved its case beyond doubt.

The defendant, however, pleaded with the court to be lenient with her.

“I am appealing with the court to have mercy on me for the sake of children. I did not husband,” Toyin said.

In her , 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.”

A relative of the deceased, Toyin, told PUNCH Metro that the was lenient, adding that the fought too hard for the convict to such a mild sentence.

She said the had yet to bury the deceased due to the court case, adding that Adeyinka’s corpse was at the UCH, Ibadan.

“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.