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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to kill woman in farm

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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to kill woman in farm

In a recent ruling by the Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, a 43-year-old man named Akinyemi Ojo has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his attempted murder of a woman in a farm setting.

The court proceedings began on January 25, 2023, with Ojo facing a single charge related to his violent act towards the woman.

The charge stated, “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 severity of the crime and its impact on the victim led to the decision of a life sentence for Ojo as justice was served in the case.

The victim, in her testimony before the court, had said, “While I was on the farm, I saw the man holding a cutlass and coming ferociously towards where I was. I suspected his movement to be of evil agenda. I then took to my heels.

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“He gave me a chase, but when I fell, he inflicted machete cuts all over my body until I became unconscious. When I regained consciousness, I crawled to the main road where some passersby took me to the General Hospital, Aramoko Ekiti. I do not know my offence or why he wanted to kill me,” she said.

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

In the judgment, Justice Blessing Ajileye 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 Law of Ekiti State. He is accordingly sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge pronounced.

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