An Osun High Court sitting in Ikirun on Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Tajudeen Ganiyu, to death by hanging for killing a four-year-old boy, Tesleem Bakare.
The judge, Jide Falola, while delivering judgment, said though the convict during the trial, admitted being guilty of the murder charge; he claimed to be mentally challenged.
Mr Falola, however, said that the convict could not give a satisfactory evidence of where he was confirmed or treated for mental problem.
“The accused did not exhibit any sign of insanity in the box as observed by the court. The convict answered all questions satisfactorily in the box during the proceeding.
“It was (in) a pit that the young boy was slaughtered like a ram. The accused is hereby sentence as charged and be hanged by neck until life is out of him,” he said.
The convict, who was arraigned in October 2017 by the police for conspiracy and murder, had pleaded guilty to the offences.
Jacob Ayanyemi, the State Counsel, told the court that the convict took the victim from his grandmother, Raliatu Bakare, in Iragbiji town, with a promise to buy him biscuit.
Mr Ayanyemi said the accused, rather than buy the biscuit for the boy, ran away with him, but was later arrested by some youth in the town.
“Upon his arrest, he was taken to the palace of Aragbiji of Iragbiji, where he was handed over to the police.
“He confessed to the police to have killed the boy and led them to the bush in Iragbiji where the remains of the boy were found,” Mr Ayanyemi said.
He commended the judge for delivering the judgment without fear.
Esther Napoleon of Legal Aid Council, who represented the convict, had prayed the court to be lenient in the judgment, saying the convict was a first offender