Uyai-Abasi Etido

A High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, has sentenced three persons to death by hanging for raping and killing Olajide Blessing Omowumi, a 24-year-old University of Ilorin student, .

The convicts who was identified as Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin and Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, were among the eight persons accused of the hideous crime which occurred on June 2, 2021.

They were brought before the court by the Kwara State government in suit number KWS/33c/c/2021 on 11-count charge bordering on armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and rape.

NEWSTODAYNG recalled that the 300-level Agricultural Sciences student was found dead in her sister’s home with her mouth gagged with clothes and bruises on her private part. Autopsy later confirmed she was raped and strangled to death.

In the judgement delivered by Justice Ibrahim Adebayo Yusuf, the three convicts were found guilty of culpable homicide punishable with death, conspiracy to commit robbery, rape and conspiracy to murder.

The judge held that the gang had the intention of theft and rape without intention to kill, however, added that their act led to homicide.

The fourth and fifth accused persons were each sentenced to three years in imprisonment for the offence of theft.

Earlier, the court discharged and acquitted 6th, 7th and 8th suspects on the basis that they were not found guilty of any charges against them.