Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer accused of stabbing Oyelowo, her husband, to death, has bagged a seven-year jail term for manslaughter. The accu
Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer accused of stabbing Oyelowo, her husband, to death, has bagged a seven-year jail term for manslaughter.
The accused was alleged to have stabbed her husband, Lowo Oyediran, in the neck on February 2, 2016 at their 30, Adeniyi Layout, Abidi-odan, Akobo, Ibadan home, following a misunderstanding at night.
Yewande, who was a staff of the Department of Public Prosecution in the Oyo State of Ministry of Justice, was sentenced on Monday after she was found guilty of killing Oyelowo Oyediran on February 2, 2016 in Ibadan.
The offence was said to be contrary to Section 316 and punishable under section 319 of the laws of Oyo State.
She had pleaded not guilty to the charge and hearing had continued in the matter for nearly two years within which the prosecution called nine witnesses and tendered 10 exhibits while the defense called seven witnesses and tendered 16 exhibits.
“Having seen the defendant holding a knife and the defendant had earlier confirmed that she had earlier stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors a day before, I hold that it was the defendant that stabbed the deceased”, said the judge.
The accused pleaded not guilty when the trial began.
He also appealed to the court to consider the option of sending the accused to a correctional facility where she could be reformed and made better instead of a prison where she could suffer more damage and ruin.
In his ruling, Justice Muntar Abimbola slammed the lawyer with a seven year sentence, on the grounds that there was no intent for murder, especially given Yewande’s relationship with her late husband. I will write my report back to the Oyo State Government through the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice to look into it.
“That was the reason the court had to substitute it with manslaughter”.
In his Allocutus, the defense counsel, Leye Adepoju stated that the court should consider the fact that Yewande had never been a convict and has never faced a criminal trial, adding that the court should consider the effect of a conviction on her as a legal practitioner.