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Man bags 4-year jail term for manslaughter

09 February 2013, 09:29

Ado-Ekiti - An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Friday sentenced one Kolawole Owolabi to four years imprisonment for manslaughter.

The Judge, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said he found Owolabi guilty of killing one Fakiyesi Tolulope, a 300 level student of the then University of Ado-Ekiti.

The incident happened during a beer parlour fracas on July 4, 2010 at Precious Bar on Adebayo Street in Ado-Ekiti.

The convict was jailed for the offence of murder which contravened section 316(2) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Owolabi stabbed the victim in front of Precious Bar when the bar manager sent Owolabi and Tolulope out of the bar.

Mr Chris Omokhafe Counsel to the convict, said that his client did not deliberately kill the victim.

He explained that the victim caused the fight and was the person who broke the bottle which eventually led to his death.

Miss Oluwaseyi Ojo, who represented the state, prayed the court to do justice to Owolabi accordingly.

In his judgment, the judge said that after listening to both the defence and the prosecutor’s plea, he was constrained to reduce the charge of murder to manslaughter.

He said the killing of the victim was unintentional because it was accidental.

“From the circumstances of the case before me, the prosecution had not succeeded in discharging this onerous duty in establishing a case of murder against the accused person,” Ogunmoye added.

He stated that this was because of the success of the plea of the defence counsel.

“The accused is accordingly found guilty of manslaughter,” the judge said.

He subsequently, sentenced Owolabi to four years imprisonment without an option of fine.


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