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Court sentences Pastor to death by hanging

An Ondo State High Court has sentenced a pastor identified as Kolawole Samson to death by hanging for killing one Ayo Olaniyi at a village near Okeigbo area of the state.

The deceased, Olaniyi reportedly went to a fish pond owned by Pastor Kolawole alongside three others to hunt frogs in March 2016.

Pastor Kolawole was sentenced to death by an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure presided over by Justice Ademola Bola after the suspect was found guilty of inflicting on the deceased’s head with a cutlass which led to the death of Olaniyi at the hospital he was admitted to.

Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Olusegun Akeredolu and Mrs. Omotola Ologun argued that the offences contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Ondo State (2006).

The mother of the deceased was one of the witnesses called to testify during the trial.

Pastor Kolawole however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Bola however ruled that all evidence before the court showed that Pastor Kolawole was guilty of killing Olaniyi.

The judge held that Samson Kolawole should die by hanging.


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