By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo today, sentenced the
owner of Hilton Hotel, Ile Ife, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin and two staff of the hotel to death by hanging over the murder of an Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Master student ,Timothy Adegoke.
Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Adepele Ojo in her judgement, found Adedoyin and three of his staff guilty of murder and conspiracy.
Justice Ojo stressed that circumstantial evidence by the prosecution confimed Adedoyin and his staff killed Adegoke and tried to conceal the situation.
The court pointed out that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.
Justice Ojo declared that Dr Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box did not help him, as the circumstantial evidence had shifted the burden of proof on him.
The Chief Judge of Osun State noted that Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box meant he agreed to the murder charge pressed against him by the prosecution, dismissing the alibi pleaded on his behalf by his counsel, who said the hotel owner was in Abuja for many days around the time the death of the late Adegoke occurred.
New Nigerian recalls that the late
Masters student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,Timothy Adegoke death occurred between November 5 and 7, 2021 at the Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife.