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An Osun State High Court on Thursday convicted and sentenced Kayode Idowu, a 35-year-old artisan, to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.
Idowu and his partner allegedly robbed one of their victims of N200, before they killed her.
The Police had arraigned Idowu and his partner, Femi Adebowale, before the court on three counts of conspiracy, murder and armed robbery.
Idowu, who was found guilty by Justice Kudrat Akano, was said to have broken into the apartments of one Mrs. Rachel Aina Ogbomoniyi and Florence Ajayi at about 1:am on August 3, 2009 and stole N200 from Aina’s room.
The duo of Idowu and Adebowale were said to have stolen the N200 and headed to another room where they found Ajayi and eventually killed her.
The Principal State Counsel, Mr. Moses Faremi, told the court that the convict and the second accused person who later died during the trial, forcefully entered the house of the deceased at mid-night.
The counsel said the offences were contrary to sections (1) (2) (9) and 319 of the criminal Code Cap. 34 Volume 2 Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
The principal witness, who was also a victim of the two-man gang, had told the court during the trial that she was asked to come and identify the two men at the Police station and she was able to point them out.
The witness said, “I was invited to the Police station to identify those who robbed me and killed one Florence Ajayi on August 3rd, out of the eight people, men of same height placed on the same line.
“I looked round and identified Kayode and Femi because they were the ones that robbed me on the day of the incident and killed the deceased, Florence Ajayi.
“Nobody taught me or showed me anybody to be pointed at or identified.”
Counsel to the convicts, Sade Ipede, of the Legal Aid Council, pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy. The judge said the prosecuting counsel had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.
She said, “The evidence brought to the court is so strong and credible. The action of the accused person was intentional armed robbery.
“The accused person is found guilty of the charges against him. He should be hanged by the neck for conspiracy; hanged by the neck for murder and hanged by the neck for armed robbery.”