An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday, September 21, sentenced a 23-year-old chef, Joshua Usulor, to twenty-eight years imprisonment for killing a lawyer, Mrs Feyisayo Obot.
Usulor brutally murdered the 34-year-old mom of two on January 26, 2019, on the Citiheights Hotel, Opebi, Lagos State, the place each of them lodged in several rooms.Read earlier studies HERE and HERE
Obot, an worker of an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Save the Children, was in Lagos to jot down a undertaking administration examination.
The prosecution, led by Mrs O.A. Bajulaiye-Bishi, had stated that Usulor, a resident of Number 30, Fadiya Street, Ketu, Lagos, sneaked into the deceased’s resort room to steal her cash and her telephones as a way to offset his excellent resort invoice.
The deceased struggled with him however was overpowered. He then stabbed her with a pointy knife on the abdomen and used the identical knife to slit her throat. Satisfied that the lady was lifeless, he made away together with her telephones and a money sum of twenty six thousand Naira (26,000)
During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have dedicated the crime. He stated he has by no means met Ms Obot till the day he attacked her and that he was motivated to rob the deceased to allow him offset his resort invoice having spent two days above the someday he paid for.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Usulor after he approached the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for a plea cut price settlement through which he would plead responsible to the crime.
The DPP had within the settlement authorised a time period of 21 years’ imprisonment which might start from the date of Usulor’s remand.
However, throughout Tuesday’s proceedings, the decide rejected the proposed jail time period, saying that it was too lenient.
The decide stated she would train the ability conferred on her by Section 75 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law to extend the jail time period to 30 years.
She ultimately lowered Usulor’s jail sentence to twenty-eight years following plea for leniency by his counsel, Mr Spurgeon Ataene.
In the plea, Ataene informed the court docket to mood justice with mercy. He submitted that Usulor was remorseful, including that he was a younger man with a promising future.
While sentencing Usulor, Taiwo requested why he killed the lawyer.
“It was a mistake, I didn’t know what got into me,” he responded.
“Your mistake has cost someone her life,” the decide stated.
The prosecution was nonetheless presenting witnesses within the case when Usulor proposed a plea cut price settlement.
Prosecution witnesses who testified in the course of the trial had been – the resort receptionist, Ms Lateefat Adebayo; the resort’s Operations Manager, Mr Olabanji Ibitunde; brother of the deceased, Mr Ige Afolabi; and the Investigating Police Officer, Inspector John Babalola.
Usulor was arraigned on a depend cost of homicide opposite to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015.