Mrs. Oyediran, a lawyer with the department of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Oyo State Ministry of Justice allegedly stabbed to death her late husband, Lowo, a France-based Businessman on February 2, 2016.
A state high court sitting in Ibadan on Monday sentenced Oyediran to seven years imprisonment for stabbing her husband. Yewande was convicted of manslaughter and not murder.
The trial judge, Abimbola Mukhtar said that while the prosecution proved that the defendant caused the death of the deceased, it failed to prove that it was done intentionally. He ordered that the seven year imprisonment should commence from February 2, 2016 when she was arrested.
The landlord and his wife told the court that they saw the convict holding a knife, while the deceased was in a pool of blood.
“Having seen the defendant holding a knife and the defendant had earlier confirmed that she had earlier stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors a day before, “I hold that it was the defendant that stabbed the deceased,’’ said the judge.
According to the autopsy report, the deceased died as a result of shock from a deep wound caused by a sharp object. The court said that the evidence of the convict was not good enough because her police statement was different from her statement before the court.
Mr Leye Adepoju, the defense counsel pleaded for leniency for his client as she was a first time offender.
He added that imprisonment was not to ruin, but to reform.
The prosecution counsel, Mr Sanya Akinyele, however, said he was leaving the issue of the sentencing to the discretion of the court.
In his judgment, Justice Abimbola convicted Yewande of manslaughter. Her sentence was to start running since the day of her arrest, the Judge said.
The day of judgement was initially slated for November 24, 2017, but the judge moved the day to November 27, 2017 because of other engagements at the Nigerian Judicial Commission.
The convict pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.
The couple had no child together.