Woman Sentenced To 1-Year Imprisonment For ‘Killing’ Husband In Akure

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A high court sitting in Akure, Ondo state capital has on Wednesday July 7, 2021, sentenced a woman named Toyin Olusa to one year imprisonment over the death of her husband.

Toyin Olusa will spend the next one year in prison over the death of her husband.

It was gathered that the woman poured hot water on her husband, leaving him with serious burns that caused his death.

The Ondo State Magistrate’s Court sitting in Akure, the state capital sentenced her to 1-year imprisonment for causing the death of her husband, Mr Adeyinka Olusa, at the Ijoka area of the capital city.

According to a report by Punch, the late Adeyinka, a former auditor at the School of Health Technology, Akure, who died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, in 2017.

He was said to have had some marital issues with his wife of 23 years and later became ill.

In November 2017, the late Adeyinka collapsed at his house and his wife poured hot water on him, which caused severe burns on his body and aggravated his health condition.

He died on December 28, 2017 from “sepsis, bronchopneumonia and extensive superficial burns injuries.”

While the victim’s relatives claimed that the act was intentional due to their past disagreements, the widow said she poured the hot water on him to revive him after he collapsed.

She was arrested and arraigned on one count of assault occasioning harm.

According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.

During the court proceedings, the prosecutor told the court that the defendant deliberately poured the hot water on her husband, causing him injuries in his mouth, chest, hands, thighs and legs.

After a series of arguments from the prosecuting and defence counsel, Mr Femi Emodamori and Mr Shola Agunloye, respectively, the court held that the defendant committed the office, adding that the prosecution proved its case beyond doubt.

“I am appealing with the court to have mercy on me for the sake of my children. I did not kill my husband,” Toyin said.

In her judgement, the magistrate, Mrs Ruth Olomilua, sentenced the widow to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.

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