A 63-year-old man, Oluwatubosun Dahunsi, yesterday told Magistrates’
Court sitting in Owo, Ondo State, that he hacked his wife, Funmilayo
Dahunsi, to death thinking he was killing a goat.
He said Funmilayo (38) cried for help “but at that point, her cry sounded like that of a goat”.
allegedly used a machete to hack Funmilayo to death on October 5, 2019
in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Area of Ondo State.
sheet reads: “That you, Dahunsi Oluwatubosun, ‘m’ on October 5, 2019,
about 6.30a.m., at Ita-Ipele Camp via Owo in the Ondo Magisterial
District, unlawfully (attacked with a machete) your wife, Funmilayo
Dahunsi ‘f’ on her two hands, head, stomach, neck and her jaw with to
death and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and
punishable under Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Volume 1,
Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.”
The defendant, who is facing a one-count charge of murder, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
police prosecutor, Sergeant Suleiman Abdulateef, told the court that he
had filed an application for the remand of the defendant in prison
pending the advice from the office of the Director for Public
Olatubosun, who had no legal representation,
begged the court for mercy, saying he was only aware of what he had
done after he had committed the act.
He said: “We only quarrelled
over our children’s school fees. I never knew when I attacked her with a
machete. It was after she died that I realised what I had done. Please
have mercy on me and help me beg my children.”
The court asked the defendant if the victim did not cry for help during the assault and why he did not stop after the first cut.
said: “She cried for help. But at that point, her cry sounded like that
of a goat. So, I thought I was actually killing a goat. It was after
killing her that my eyes became clear and I ran away.
“I don’t understand how it all happened. Please have mercy on me.”
to the defendant, the victim already bore him five children. He said
the eldest child, who was present in court is 22 years old, while the
youngest is eight years old.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Charity
Adeyanju, granted the prayer of the prosecutor and ordered the remand of
the defendant in the Olokuta Correctional Facility, pending the advice
from the DPP.
Adeyanju adjourned the case till January 13, 2020.