Lekan Shonde killed wife with Punches, says prosecutor

Lekan Shonde killed wife with Punches, says prosecutor

Late Ronke Shonde was killed by her husband, Lekan Shonde, with punches to the head.

The allegation was contained in the document on which the prosecutor entered details of the charge against the alleged wife killer, who on Friday, appeared before an Ebute-Metta Chief Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Oyingbo.

The court presided over by Chief Magistrate Oluwayemisi Adelaja, had on May 20, ordered that Shonde be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons, when he was first charged before the court on one count charge of murder.

At the resumed proceedings today, the prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Nwadione, informed the court that he had received a copy of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

But responding to the prosecutor’s submission, lawyer to Shonde, Mr. I. B. Mohammed, told the court that he was yet to receive any advice from DPP, but will want to apply for a copy.

Upon the submissions of the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer, the court adjourned the matter till July 8, for mention, while ordered that the suspect should be returned to Ikoyi Prisons.

Lekan Shonde, 51, a dock worker, in the charge sheet, attached with the remand warrant by the police allegedly murdered his wife, one Ronke, 37, on May 5, 2016, at about 2:30pm at their residence, 3, Tiemo street, Egbeda Lagos, by giving her fist blow on her head.

According to the police, the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 221 of the Criminal law of Lagos state 2011.

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But, despite the fact that the court did not take Shonde’s plea, he had denied killing his wife when he was brought before the court, saying “I did not kill her”.

The prosecutor, Uwadione had urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody to enable him send the case file to DPP’s office for legal advice.

The magistrate thereafter ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody pending DPP’s advice.


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