43-yr-old man bags life imprisonment for attempted murder of woman on Ekiti farm

A 43-yr-old man, Akinyemi Ojo has been sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder on a woman in the farm by an Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division.

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Solidstar News reports that Ojo was arraigned before Justice Blessing Ajileye on 25th January, 2023 on one count charge bordering on attempted murder.

The charge read, “That Akinyemi Ojo on December 5, 2022 in Aramoko Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did attempt to murder one David Faith by macheting her. The offence is contrary to Section 241 of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, 2021.”

The victim in her testimony before the court stated, “I was going to my farm on that day, I met the defendant on the way and we exchanged pleasantry, I later branched to my farm to pluck some okro, after sometime, I saw the defendant coming towards where I was, holding a cutlass, I suspected his movement to be of evil agenda, I then took to my heels, he was chasing me with cutlass and met me where I fell.

She concluded that, “He gave me matchet cuts all over my body and I became unconscious, I did not see him again when I regained little consciousness, I crawled to the main road where some passersby took me to the General Hospital, Aramoko -Ekiti, I did not know my offence or why he decided to kill me.”

Taiwo Ajibulu-Ariyo, the prosecutor called five witnesses and tendered statements by the defendant and victims, a cutlass, and pictures of the victim as exhibits, while the defendant spoke in his own defence through his lawyer and called no witnesses.

Justice Blessing Ajileye, in her judgment, said, “In this instant case, I found that the defendant macheted the victim and the degree of injury inflicted on her was capable of causing her death, but for the intervening efforts of the passersby who saw her in the pool of blood.

“The defendant is hereby convicted as charged in line with Section 241 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State. He is accordingly sentenced to life imprisonment.”

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