STATE
V.
BENSON

(2017) JELR 57854 (HC)    

High Court  ·  HAD/45C/2009 ·  8 May 2017 ·  Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
father of the defendant
criminal code law of ondo state
offence of the murder of pa benson egunlae
state’s case
defendant
said assailants
valid charge
late father
pastor rufus oluwasola benson
ekiti state
police station
pa benson egunlae’s farmland
exhibit c
conclusion of evidence
cause of death
contention of counsel
port harcourt
extra-judicial statements of the defendant
exhibits b
ondo state
non-existent law
b7 show pool of blood
reasonable doubt
ago ireti
boundary of a portion of land
time of the commission of the offence
cross-examination
repealed law
following morning
evidence of the prosecution witnesses
defendant bit
brother rufus benson
counsel
hon. attorney-general of ekiti state
court
fact of death
pa benson egunlae
farm house
charge of murder
medical report
accused person
day of the incident
eunice funmilayo benson
murder trial
paragraphs f
pw1
circumstantial evidence
heated argument
exhibits e3
bayo egunlae

DARAMOLA J (Delivering the Judgment): The defendant was arraigned, on information filed, for the offence of the murder of Pa Benson Egunlae contrary to section 316 of Criminal Code Law of Ondo State, 1978 as applicable in Ekiti State. The deceased who was also the father of the defendant among other children was savagely attacked and hacked under circumstances of extreme monstrosity.

The State’s case against the defendant revolved round the testimonies of two (2) witnesses - PW1 and PW2.

Pastor Rufus Oluwasola Benson (PW1) testified that there was complaint that the defendant shifted the boundary of a portion of land between him and PW2 on Pa Benson Egunlae’s farmland earlier partitioned by him among his children and wife due to incessant bickering he had to endure from the defendant over his said property. This witness told the court that on 21 March 2007, he; his wife, Eunice Funmilayo Benson; his deceased father, Pa Benson Egunlae; his nephew; Bayo Egunlae, and the defendant, Oluma…

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