Husband accused of killing banker wife is critically ill– Counsel

The trial of Akolade Arowolo, who is accused of murdering his wife, Titilayo, a banker, was again stalled on Thursday, as a result of his ill-heath.

Mr. Arowolo, 31, had on Tuesday slumped inside the dock of an Ikeja High Court in Lagos, during his trial, for which reason the case was adjourned till Thursday.

At the resume hearing on Thursday, the accused was unable to enter the dock due to his poor health condition.

The accused, who arrived at the court room at about 8.45 a.m. with the assistance of a male prison official, sat in the gallery with his head resting on a chair.

His lawyer, Olarenwaju Ajanaku, told the court that the accused was “critically ill” and could not withstand the rigours of trial.

“I am craving the indulgence of the court for an adjournment due to the fact that the accused is critically ill and unable to withstand the rigours of trial.

“I have met with the prosecution to inform them that the accused is still not feeling fine and that the matter will not go on,” Mr. Ajanaku said.

Olabisi Ogungbesan, Director, Lagos State Directorate for Public Prosecutions (DPP), did not oppose Mr. Ajanaku’s call for an adjournment.

The Directorate for Public Prosecutions director, however, informed the court that the prosecution would be calling three more witnesses, including John Obafunwa, Chief Pathologist, Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

The presiding judge, Lateefat Okunnu, advised the counsel to ensure that Mr. Arowolo was given proper medical attention; and adjourned the case to September 14 for continuation of trial.

Mr. Arowolo is standing trial for allegedly stabbing his wife to death on June 24, 2011 at their residence located at 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos.

He had pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of murder and was remanded in Ikoyi prison.

 


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