MAN FACES DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING HIS 62 YEARS OLD FATHER

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A technician Rasak Abiona has been sentenced to death by an Ikeja Special Offences Court for beating his aged father to death with an iron rod during a disagreement over a property.

Delivering a judgment after a long hearing of the case Justice Oluwatoying Taiiwo held that though the prosecution had presented circumstantial evidence against the middle-aged defendant during the trial, the state proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Noting also that the technician’s initial confessional statements to the police implicated him and that during the trial, the defendant did not present witnesses in court to back his claim that his father died after a fall. This is a situation where a man kills his father, said the justice who found Rasak guilty of a charge of murder contrary to Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.

There is no doubt that by hitting the deceased with an iron rod on the head, the defendant intended to cause grievous bodily harm. The defendant could have easily overpowered his father, a 62-year-old man without hitting him on the head with an iron rod. This case is a clear indication of what anger and impatience can do in a man’s life.

“I hereby sentence the defendant to death for killing his father, Sunday Abiona. This is the sentence of the court,” the judge said.
The accused in his defense, strongly denied killing his father. Claiming that his father had fallen from the balcony of his home while drunk, and had sustained some injuries during the fall which led to his being h taken to the hospital.

Obinna Mbagho the defense counsel before the sentence was delivered, in his plea for mercy, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, noting that Rasak was a first-time offender who had shown remorse. Opposing the plea for mercy, the prosecutor for the state, Olakunle Ligali, requested for the maximum penalty for the crime.

Under the Criminal Law of Lagos, when the crime has the ultimate penalty of death, the court has no discretion to mitigate the sentence. In fact, the court does not have a discretion to hear the plea for mercy, Ligali said.

According to the prosecution, Rasak killed his father, Sunday, during a scuffle on February 28, 2012 at the deceased’s residence at No. 22, Taiwo St., Ejigbo, Lagos State.
“He has been in prison since 2013 and ever since his incarceration, his children have been scattered,” Mbagho said. Opposing the plea for mercy, the prosecutor for the state, Olakunle Ligali, requested for the maximum penalty for the crime.

“Under the Criminal Law of Lagos, when the crime has the ultimate penalty of death, the court has no discretion to mitigate the sentence.
“In fact, the court does not have a discretion to hear the plea for mercy,” Ligali said. According to the prosecution, Rasak killed his father, Sunday, during a scuffle on February 28, 2012 at the deceased’s residence at No. 22, Taiwo St., Ejigbo, Lagos.

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