Court Set to deliver judgement on Adedoyin, staff over the murder of OAU student
An Osun High Court presided over by Justice Oyebola Ojo has reserved judgment on the case of Hilton Hotel owner, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin and six staff over the alleged murder of Master student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke.
Justice Ojo adjourned the trial for today for the adoption of final written addresses from the prosecution and defense counsel.
Adedoyin with six of his staff: Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola were standing trial on 18 counts of conspiracy, murder, felony, indecent interference of the corpse, alteration and cancellation of receipt and oath-taking to prevent justice.
Arguing on Thursday, counsel to Adedoyin, Yusuf Alli countered Falana by challenging his locus to prosecute the case, noting that it is not in agreement with the law and the fiat granted to him to prosecute Adedoyin and other staff was not properly obtained. He prayed the court to prohibit Falana from participating in the case as a prosecutor.
Falana stated he was properly introduced by the counsel from the Osun State Ministry of Justice to take over the matter as prosecutor and no law is compulsory for him to produce the fiat granted to him by the ministry to prosecute the matter before the court. He urges the court to dismiss the prayer of the defense counsel else if their prayer is granted, it may set the trial back.
Justice Ojo pronounced that judgment on arguments on fiat, she said the judgment will be delivered alongside the final judgement of the case.
Arguing on the final written address, Yusuf Alli counsel to Adedoyin maintained that evidence by the prosecution witnesses was based on speculations and he urged the court to discharge Adedoyin and the six staff.
He noted that there is no direct evidence against any of the defendants linking them to the death of the late Adegoke. He said going by the account of the pathologist, late Adegoke died either late on the 5th or early on the 6th. The entire case was based on suspicion. He told the court to discharge the defendants on conspiracy to murder and murder. The only connection Adedoyin had with the matter is simply because he is the owner of the hotel where the death occurred. He said no vicarious liability in law.
But Falana insisted that Adegoke was killed and dumped in the bush and efforts were made to obliterate the act by those involved, who took the oath of secrecy.
Based on the evidence led, he urged the court to ensure justice. He said even if heaven will fall if any of the defendants are found guilty, punishment should be melted.
However, Justice Ojo, said that the judgement will be delivered in a month.