Tunde Omisakin sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing girlfriend

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Tunde Omisakin sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing girlfriend

On Wednesday, an Igbosere High Court in Lagos sentenced Tunde Omisakin, the 46-year-old, to 12 years ‘ imprisonment for killing Tina Toroso, his girlfriend.

Omisakin was charged with cutting the right hand of his girlfriend with a cutlass which resulted to her death., NAN reports.

He was first arraigned sometime in 2010 but was re-arraigned on Feb. 16, 2016 before Justice Adedayo Akintoye when the former judge handling the case retired.

He was charged with a count of manslaughter for which he pleaded not guilty and was remanded in prison.

The case went for trial and the prosecution called four witnesses.

However Justice Akintoye ruled that Omisakin was guilty of the crime at the resumed hearing on Wednesday.

She said that, beyond any reasonable doubt, the prosecution has proven the ingredients of manslaughter.

The judge said that the prosecution witnesses clearly gave evidence establishing how the incident happened.

Tunde Omisakin sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Tunde Omisakin sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing girlfriend

she said “The prosecution evidence directly pointed to the defendant as the person who caused the death of the deceased, Miss Toroso.

“The defendant did not deny that he cut her hand but said he did not intend to kill her.

“I hold that the ingredient of manslaughter has been proven by the prosecution beyond reasonable doubt.”

She, however, noted that the defence had said that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was contradictory and that the evidence of the investigating police officers were merely hearsay.

“The evidence adduced by investigating officers during investigations cannot amount to hearsay.

“I hold that the evidence of the prosecution is consistent and therefore reliable.

“This court, hereby finds Tunde Omisakin guilty of manslaughter and is duly convicted.

“He is sentenced to 12 years imprisonment; the years of remand will be deducted from his sentence,” she held.

The defence counsel, Mrs Grace Adenubi of Legal Aid Counsel, had pleaded for leniency for the convict, adding that he was a first-time offender and had been in custody since 2009 when he was arrested.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Abiodun Gbadamosi, had told the court that Omisakin committed the offence on Dec. 8, 2008, at 2am in his residence at Lamgbasa, Ajah area of Lagos.

She said, the defendant killed Tina Toroso with a cut that sliced her veins by cutting her right hand.

She stated that the offense violated section 317 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2003.

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