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Man to die by hanging for killing his father

Man to die by hanging for killing his father

An Ado-Ekiti High Court has sen­tenced a man, Blessing Olumakinde, to death by hanging for killing his father, Benson Egunlae, over inheri­tance.
The state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Dar­amola, who delivered the judgment, held that the evidence before the court showed that the accused was guilty of murder as charged.
He noted that the pros­ecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the con­vict hence he should be hanged by the neck until life goes out of him.
The late father of the convict had six wives and 18 children who were locked on the sharing of his parcels of land.
Dissatisfied with the share allotted to him, Blessing, 47, reportedly traced his father and at­tacked him with a cutlass and an axe, killing him in the process and ran away.
His siblings were shocked to meet their father in the pool of his blood. Egunlae was taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
After committing the murder, the convict ran away for six months be­fore turning himself over to the Police after which he was arraigned on a one-count charge of mur­der.
The state was rep­resented by the Attor­ney-General and Com­missioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, while the accused was represented by Morakinyo Ogele.
The prosecution called two witnesses during the trial while the convict tes­tified in his own defence.
Exhibits including the axe and cutlass the ac­cused used to stab his fa­ther in the head and the chest and the pictures of the scene were tendered and admitted.
The convict in his con­fessional statement to the Police admitted killing his father in the hut in their farm.-The Authority

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