Lawyer Yewande Oyediran jailed seven years for stabbing husband to death

Lowo and Yewande Oyediran
Lowo and Yewande Oyediran

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Monday sentenced a female lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, to seven years imprisonment for stabbing her husband, Lowo, to death.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the trial judge, Munta Abimbola, said that the accused was convicted of manslaughter and not of murder.

Mr. Abimbola said that while the prosecution proved that the defendant caused the death of the deceased, it failed to proof that it was done intentionally.

He, however, ordered that the seven years imprisonment should commence from Feb.2, 2016 when she was arrested.

The judge said that with the evidence before the court, the convict and her late husband had frequently engaged in domestic violence.

He also adjudged the evidence of the couple’s landlord and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Akinpelu, as credible.

The landlord and his wife had told the court that they saw the convict holding a knife, while the deceased was in a pool of blood.

“Having seen the defendant holding a knife and the defendant had earlier confirmed that she had earlier stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors a day before, I hold that it was the defendant that stabbed the deceased,’’ said the judge.

Mr. Abimbola also said that he took into consideration the autopsy report of Abideen Oluwashola, a consultant from the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

“According to the autopsy report, the deceased died as a result of shock from a deep wound caused by a sharp object,’’ Mr. Abimbola said.

The court said that the evidence of the convict could not be relied upon, because her statement with the police was different from her statement before the court.

Earlier, Leye Adepoju, the defence counsel, had on the basis that his client was a first time offender, prayed the court to be lenient with the term of the sentence.

He added that imprisonment was not to ruin, but to reform.

“If it is too long, it would ruin the life and as well jeopardise the job of the defendant, being a legal practitioner,” he said.

The prosecution counsel, Sanya Akinyele, however, said he was leaving the issue of the sentencing to the discretion of the court.

Ms. Oyediran, a staff of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, stabbed her husband to death on February 2, 2016, at Akobo area of Ibadan.

The convict stood trial on a lone charge of murder contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code of Oyo State 2,000.

She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.



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  • Olu-Lion

    Lenient judgement, the prosecutor and judge knew what they were doing, this lady should have got convicted for murder not manslaughter in anyway. But children of big men get away with anything in this country

  • Isaac Azor

    This is funny! Because she’s ‘their own’!! They used technicality and terminology to confuse us so as to free their own!!! ‘Dia is God’

  • Sarah

    Because she is a lawyer in the office of Directors of Public Prosecution, even the prosecuting attorney in this case avoided asking for a stiff penalty.
    Where are the family of the murdered man?
    In two years they will allow this murderer to go free on parole on grounds of ‘good conduct’

  • Chiuedu Okoye

    oh imprisonment is not to ruin yet she ruined another!
    she stabbed him 1st time,he got treated and came back home, only for her to stab him again while he was asleep!
    our judicial system is a big time mockery! what a shame!

  • Chiuedu Okoye

    oh imprisonment is not to ruin yet she ruined another!
    she stabbed him 1st time,he got treated and came back home, only for her to stab him again while he was asleep!
    very clear case of premeditated murder.
    our judicial system is a big time mockery! what a shame!

  • SamPsalm

    This is mockery of the law – not to say justice. The prosecutor should face disciplinary proceedings for refusing to do his job every which way. He ‘bungles’ a case a village clown who never went to night primary school would have easily won by just raising the knife, pointing to the woman and then pointing to the death certificate of the husband.

    Worse, having done that, he refuses to go through the charade of ‘asking’ for the most stringent punishment in the book.

    And this Judge, paid to dispense judgment, agrees to participate in the mockery of Justice. Both have blood on their hands along with the killer. And may recompense be dished them.

    If there was one case where the State Ministry of Justice should have excluded itself, this was it. If there was one case, considering the influence of the girl’s family, where even the Oyo State judiciary should have asked a sister state to handle the matter, this was it.

    Yet, they brazenly orchestrated this mockery of justice. May Heaven judge them all.

    Blood speaks.