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Court Sentences “Killer Driver” To Death In Lagos’ First Virtual Sitting

Legal professional Basic Of Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo and the Prosecutor, Titi Shittu-Bey watching from completely different areas


A Lagos Excessive Court docket Sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a driver, Olalekan Hameed, to dying by hanging for the homicide of Mrs Jolasun Okunsanya, 76, the mom of his employer, Adetayo.

The unhappy incident occurred on December 1, 2018

Justice Mojisola Dada delivered the judgment right now within the Lagos State Judiciary’s first ever digital courtroom session.

The proceedings which have been accepted by Chief Decide, Justice Kazeem Alogba, consistent with the Lagos State’s Judiciary Distant Listening to of Circumstances COVID-19 Pandemic Interval Observe Path have been held on-line by way of a video app Zoom.

It started at 11am.

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The choose, defendant, his group of counsel, the prosecution group led by Lagos State Solicitor-Basic Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey and all witnesses participetd within the session remotely from completely different areas by way of the Zoom app.

Hameed was arraigned on March 6, 2019 on a two-count cost of homicide and stealing on Cost No. ID/9006C/2019.

The courtroom heard that he dedicated the offence at about 12:30pm at plot 83, Owukori Crescent, Alaka Property, Surulere, Lagos.

He pleaded not responsible, following which trial commenced.

The prosecution referred to as a number of witnesses and tendered reveals together with the coroner’s report, stolen N97,500 and $117 recovered from the defendant and a confessional assertion, amongst others.

“The only money I took was the N1,000, any other money I don’t know about it. I did not kill Mrs Jolaso Ogunsanya,” Hakeem informed the choose in the course of the trial.

However Justice Dada famous the testimony of the prosecution’s witnesses testimonies that Hakeem was the one one with the deceased on the time of dying and he was additionally seen scaling the fence of the deceased’s constructing afterwards, amongst others, weren’t disproved.

She stated: “It’s also a longtime undeniable fact that though the defendant went to the home of the crime to steal, the shock of the deceased stumbling upon him led him to not simply pushing the deceased, however really strangulating her in a bid to maintain her from crying out.

“The case is obvious… I’ve not discovered any contradiction with the proof of the prosecution witness that may be deemed materials or weighty sufficient to forged any doubt on the case of the prosecution towards the defendant on this case… The details of the case are incompatible with the innocence of the defendant however relatively his guilt on the 2 counts.

“… the defendant is hereby discovered responsible of this depend two of homicide and is hereby convicted as charged and accordingly sentenced to dying.

“The sentence of this courtroom upon you, Olalekan Hameed, is that you simply be hanged by the neck till you be pronounced lifeless and should the Lord have mercy upon your soul. That is the digital judgment of the courtroom..”

Prime members of the Judiciary and Ministry of Justice additionally participated within the proceedings just about.

Justice Dada carried out proceedings from Excessive Court docket 10 in Ikeja, the defendant Hameed was at Kirikiri Most Correctional Centre, Apapa whereas the counsel have been at completely different areas.

Jail officers and choose members of the press, together with Channels Television, additionally participated remotely.

Judicial Officers together with Justice Alogba, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, Justice Josephine Oyefeso, Justice Sherifat Solebo, Justice Afeez Dabiri, Justice Roli Harriman, amongst others, additionally participated.

Contributors from the bar included the State’s Legal professional-Basic & Minister of Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the prosecutor, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, and a few senior legal professionals like Funke Adekoya SAN, Tayo Oyetibo SAN, Olukayode Enitan SAN, amongst others

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