Court sentences Ramon Adedoyin to death by hanging over murder of OAU student



Popular hotel owner, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, has been found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging over the murder of Timothy Adegoke, a former student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, who died between November 5 and 7, 2021, at Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife.

Sentenced for the same offence alongside Adedoyin are two of his staff; Adeniyi Aderogba and Kazeem Oyetunde.

While delivering her judgment, the Chief Judge of Osun and presiding Judge of the State High Court, Adepele Ojo, held that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.

Justice Adepele Ojo however discharged and acquitted three of the staff including Magdalene Chiefuna, Oluwole Lawrence, and Adebayo Kunle.

The seven defendant, Adedeji Adesola is to hear her sentencing on Wednesday following pleas by both the prosecution and defendant counsels for leniency.

Justice Ojo also ordered forfeiture of the hotel and the vehicle used in conveying Adegoke’s corpse to the bush to the state government and that the proceeds of the properties be used in sponsoring the education of the children of Adegoke at the university level.

Ojo also declared Roheem Adedoyin, the fleeing son of Rahmon Adedoyin wanted and ordered the police to search for him and ensure that he is prosecuted.

During allocution, the counsels to the convicted defendants had urged the court to temper justice with mercy but their pleas appeared not to have moved the court.

Reacting before the court gave sentencing, Fatima Adesina, who represented the lead prosecutor, Femi Falana (SAN), urged the court to bring the full weight of the law on the convicts, except for Adesola that she passionately pleaded with the court to show mercy in sentencing.

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