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An Abeokuta High Court on Wednesday sentenced a 39-year-old man, Musiliu Owolabi, to death by hanging for killing his lover, Afusat Idowu.

Law Reporters had earlier reported that Owolabi, an automobile mechanic was convicted on one count of murder.

The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, while delivering her judgment, submitted that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts that Owolabi was guilty of the offense charged, hence, convicted him.

Dipeolu, said the offense committed contravened the provisions of section 319 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun 2006.

She held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and therefore, sentenced Owolabi to death by hanging.

Earlier, the state prosecution counsel, James Mafe, Director of legal Drafting, Planning Research and Statistics, said the convict committed the offense on Feb.1, 2018, at Camp area in Abeokuta.

Mafe said the convict took his lover to a hotel for pleasure after a while she complained of stomachache and later started foaming from her mouth.

The convict had earlier been arraigned on Nov. 12, 2019, and had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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