.. you are to hang in the neck until you are dead. May the Lord have mercy on you,” Those were words of my Lord,It dropped with finality..at Ikeja High Court as Shonde was sentenced to death by hanging, Lekan Shonde, a dockworker who killed his banker wife, Ronke, 36, at their residence in Egbeda, Lagos three years ago.
Justice Josephine Oyefeso while delivering judgement on Friday found him guilty of one count charge brought against Shonde by the Lagos State government.
“I cannot but hold that the sudden provocation, the heat of passion and the retaliation, the violence used by the convict was in excess of a reasonable man,” the court held.
Justice Oyefeso, in sentencing Shonde, father of two to death, took judicial notice of the analyses of the pathologist Dr Shokunle Shoyemi that examination revealed old and fresh injuries on the deceased.
She held that the bruises on the deceased cheek, blood collection in the brain, brain swelling and other multiple injuries could not have been self- inflicted injuries.
“The defendant in the case was very economical with the truth when he stated that he only slapped her when he overheard his wife on a phone call, praising the sexual prowess of a lover.
“This does not march the degree of autopsy report.
“In the light of overwhelming evidence against the defendant, the court is satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
“The act was intentionally done. I found the defendant guilty.”
Justice Oyefeso held that, section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 prescribed that the person who commits murder shall be sentenced to death
“In line with section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015, this is the sentence of the court upon you Olalekan Shonde that you are to hang in the neck until you are dead. May the Lord have mercy on you,” she said.
Ronke Shonde’s lifeless body was discovered in their apartment on May 6, 2016 and Shonde was charged for alleged murder.
He was arraigned on October 24, 2017 by the Lagos State government.
The prosecution alleged that Shonde committed the offence at 8:30p.m on May 5, 2016 at his residence in Tiemo Street, Egbeda, Lagos.