Murdered banker: Absence of defence witness stalls husband’s trial

Akolade Arowolo [Photo: gistmania.com]

The accused killed his wife in Lagos

The trial of Akolade Arowolo, charged to court for allegedly murdering his banker wife, Titilayo, was on Tuesday stalled due to the absence of a defence witness.

Mr. Arowolo is standing trial before Lateefat Okunnu of a Lagos High Court in Ikeja.

The 30-year-old defendant is facing a one-count charge of murder for allegedly stabbing his wife to death on June, 24, 2011, at their No. 8, Akindeinde St., Isolo, Lagos residence.

At the resumed hearing, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, the defence counsel, was expected to call his second witness, but told the court that she was absent.

Mr. Ajanaku said, “We don’t have our witness in court. The lady is actually down with malaria and it is on that basis that we are asking for an adjournment”.

The prosecutor, Mosunola Balogun, confirmed that the defence had informed her of the situation and did not object to the application for an adjournment.

However, Ms. Okunnu cautioned the defence against delaying the trial unnecessarily.

She said, “If one witness is not available, the next one must be prepared in order not to waste the trial dates already fixed by the court”.

The matter was adjourned to January 22 for continuation of trial.

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