Court sentences pastor to death by hanging in Ondo

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced a pastor, Kolawole Samson, to death by hanging for killing a man, Ayo Olaniyi, at a village near Okeigbo area of the state.

Justice Ademola Bola gave the judgement on Friday, finding the cleric guilty of inflicting fatal injury on the deceased’s head with a cutlass.

The late Olaniyi was said to have in March 2016 gone to hunt frogs alongside three others at a fish pond owned by Kolawole.

Prosecutor, Olusegun Akeredolu and Omotola Ologun, argued that the offences contravened Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Ondo State (2006).

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

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

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