Ibadan Husband Killer: The Case of Yetunde Oyediran - Missing vital documents stall trial of Oyo alleged killer lawyer
The Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, yesterday adjourned till Monday, June 27 the trial of a female lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Lowo, to death on February 26 this year.
The adjournment followed absence of vital documents in the application filed by the prosecution.The accused is an employee of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the state’s Ministry of Justice.
The private prosecutor counsel, Mr. Sanya Akinyele, who stepped into the case at the last court date, informed the court that the report of the autopsy carried out on the deceased and the statement of the co-tenant of the defendant were missing from the evidence list, adding that both documents were key to the diligent prosecution of the case.
In his response, the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Abioye Ashanike, told the court that he was just served the application and needed time to study it and react accordingly, stating that he needed to do a thorough studying of the application before responding as the charge against his client was a capital offence and thereby seeks for an adjournment.
After entertaining all submissions, Justice Moutar Abimbola, subsequently, adjourned the case till June 27 for hearing of the reply from the defendant’s counsel.
The development followed a motion moved by counsel for the family of the deceased, who read a note purportedly written by a member of the family doubting the true identity of the suspect.
According to counsel to the appellant, Chief Aliyu, the deceased’s family demanded the removal of the cloth being used by the suspect to cover her face during trial to ascertain her identity. When asked to react, Oyo State Director of Public Prosecutions, who is also the state counsel, Mr. Tajudeen Abdulganiy, disagreed with the lawyer for the family, saying the suspect was only responsible to the court and not the people at the gallery.
The court had earlier ruled to allow the accused person to appear in court wearing a veil, saying it would give the suspect the freedom to show her face to only counsel and the trial judge.