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Man kills friend over girlfriend, bags 8yrs jail term
|Man kills friend over girlfriend, bags 8yrs jail term by Editor: 12:00 am On March 7, 2017|
A 24-year-old man, Sodiq Salaudeen, was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years imprisonment for killing his friend during a fight over a girl friend at Ijanikin area of Lagos.
The convict was sentenced by Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, after changing the initial charge of murder to manslaughter.
The judge observed that the three witnesses who testified before the court were not at the scene when the crime occurred.
“The court will be relying on the statement of the defendant which showed that he had no intention to kill the deceased.
“The statement read and I quote: `I used the iron from the Hausa man’s shop to stab him on the left side of his chest. I only wanted to scare him because I was being overpowered by him and his friends; I did not intend to kill him.
“The court is satisfied that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and that the defendant caused the death of the deceased,” she said.
Pronouncing the sentence, the judge, however, said that Salaudeen’s eight-year sentence will start from the day he was first detained for the crime.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to eight years in prison with effect from April 19, 2012.”
Salaudeen, who was dressed in a white attire, had an expression of relief on his face after the sentence was pronounced.
“The defendant is a young man with an aged father who has been a widower for quite sometime.
“The crime occurred as a result of youthful exuberance and there was no intention to kill.
“Since the objective of punishment is to reform and not for retribution, I plea for a lighter sentence for the convict so that he can still be useful to the society,” said Adebayo.
According to the prosecutor, Mr Adebayo Haroun, the convict, who was 19 years old when the offence was committed, stabbed one Tope Akinyemi with a sharp object in his chest during a fight.
“The deceased and Salaudeen had attended the same secondary school and knew each other.
“During my investigations, I got to know that the two men were asking the unknown girl out and this led to a bitter rivalry between them.
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