The man whose wife-murdering case shook up Nigeria some time ago, will have to put up with more punitive measures as his trial takes a new turn.
Lekan Shonde and his wife when the going was good
Lekan Shonde, the man, who allegedly killed his wife, Ronke in Lagos State, has been on trial for sometime.
The man, on Friday, appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in the state as his trial continues.
Lekan who was arraigned on a one-count charge of murder had appeared before the court on May 20 and was remanded in prison custody after the case was adjourned to June 24 (today) for further hearing.
When Shonde appeared in court today, the prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, informed the court that he had received a copy of the legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, DPPs when the case was mentioned.
But the counsel to Shonde, Mr. I. B. Mohammed, responding to Uwadione’s submission, told the court that he was yet to be served his own copy of the advice and would like to apply for it.
The prosecutor further stated that the offence contravenes Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 which prescribes a death sentence for convicts.
The Chief Magistrate, Oluwayemisi Adelaja, ordered that Shonde should remain in prison custody and adjourned the case to July 8 for mention.
It will be recalled that the 51-year-old was alleged to have murdered his wife, Ronke Shonde, 37, on May 5 at their residence on 3, Tiemo Street, Egbeda area of Lagos state.
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