Man sentenced to death by hanging for murder in Osun

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Osogbo, on Tuesday sentenced a 33-year old man, Mutiu Rasak to death by hanging for killing one Kehinde Adesina.

The convict was arraigned before Mutiu Rasakon the 31st of January, 2018 on (eight-count 8)  charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, assault, engaging in a secret cult and others which were contrary to the Laws of Osun State.

The prosecuting counsel from the Osun State Ministry of Justice, Barrister Wuraola Ogunfolabi informed the court that the convict, who is a member of a secret cult, committed the crime on the 18th of November, 2015 at about 8:00 pm in at Abaku Area of Osogbo, alongside some of his gang members by attacking some people in the area.

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According to her,  Mutiu Rasak (convict) fired a gunshot at one Kehinde Adesina and Wale Makinde, which resulted in Kehinde’s death while Makinde had one of his fingers severed with an axe.

In the course of the trial, Barrister called three witnesses and tendered five exhibits before the court which included medical report issued at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo.

After the prosecution closed its case, the convict (Mutiu) testified in his defence without calling any other witness, just as his defence counsel, Barrister W.O Wemimo pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

In her judgement, Justice kudirat Akano discharged the convict from three counts charges out of eight counts charges preferred against him and convicted him in five-count charges, declaring that the prosecutor had proved his case beyond a reasonable doubt in other five counts and sentenced him as follows:

For conspiracy, he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, while he bagged 21 years imprisonment for his secret cult membership, just as murder charge earned him death sentence by hanging.

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