The boyfriend of Khadijat Oluboyo, the deceased daughter of former deputy governor of the State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, has been sentenced to death by hanging.
Justice Samuel Bola of the Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, while delivering the judgement on Wednesday said the prosecution proved and established beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant, Sehidu Adeyemi, 27, was responsible for Khadijat’s death.
According to the judge, though the defendant pleaded not guilty to the offence, but said there was enough circumstantial evidence before the court to nail the accused as the perpetrator of the crime.
The judge said the convict, who pleaded not guilty, could not give satisfactory evidence to absolve himself from the death of the deceased, saying all evidence proved that the young lady was not killed by two unknown men but was killed by the defendant.
“The act was intentional as the young lady was strangulated, with the hair on her head and pubic region shaved, while her two upper front teeth broken.”
He said according to the psychologist report, “there was an abnormal shaving of the hair on the deceased head and the pubic region while her two upper front teeth had been broken off leaving only some fragments left.
“There were fractures on the bones of her neck, shoulder along with her second to the sixth ribs on both sides, a dislocation of her hip joints with another fracture on the upper part of her thigh.
“The injuries could not have been self-inflicted but given by another party, and inflicted with a significant pressure especially the upper thigh region which had a lot of muscles.
“There were lacerations on her chest which damaged two major vessels known as the femoral artery and vein that circulate blood in the body. The combined effects of the injuries led to Khadijat’s death..”
Justice Bola said the alibi of the accused over the threat by the two men which he claimed to be unknown to him was not tenable before the court, saying the accused failed to raise alarm when the men asked him to bring the tools used in digging the burial ground in his room
He said the accused, buried the deceased, plastered the grave and exhumed the remains after the sixth day, with an intention to dispose the decomposing body.
“Having found you guilty, the sentence of this court upon you is that you, Sehidu Adeyemi, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” the judge declared.
Newspeakonline had reported last year, how the decomposing remains of Khadijat, who had been missing for six days, were found in a grave dug under the bed in Adeyemi’s room in Akure. Adeyemi was immediately suspected of killing his girlfriend for money ritual.
Adeyemi and Khadijat had dated for four years, from 2011 to 2015 when they broke up. The girl was murdered a week after they came back together in July 2018. Khadijat, an undergraduate of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, reportedly left her school some to see Adeyemi in Akure.
Adeyemi, a graduate of Quantity Survey at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) admitted combining internet fraud with rituals, an act popularly called “Yahoo plus”. He was popularly known as QS.