Here’s the latest on the popular Ibadan murder trial
An Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Oladejo Olayemi, yesterday said evidence was tampered with in the trial of a lawyer,Yewande Oyediran, who was accused of allegedly murdering her 38-year-old husband, Lowo.
Olayemi said the knife that the suspect allegedly used in stabbing her husband could not produce accurate finger prints for evidence.
The IPO, who is attached to the State Criminal Investigation Division (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan spoke while being cross examined at the Ibadan High Court.
His words: “After taking the finger print from Exhibit B (knife) obtained from the scene of the incident, I forwarded it to the SCID and I was made to understand that they could not get an accurate result because the knife has been tampered with.
“I went to the crime scene on February 3 or 4, last year with Superintendent Sade Bamboye and Sergeant Aliu.
The defence counsel, Leye Adepoju, demanded the police case file but Justice Muktar Abimbola said the law prohibited such action.
The prosecuting counsel, Sanyaolu Akinyele, said he did not object to the defence counsel’s wish. Justice Abimbola granted his request.
Another witness, a photographer, Ibrahim Popoola, told the court that he was contacted by officers attached to Akobo Police Station on February 2, last year, to take some photographs.
“When I got there I was taken to a house and Bamby Hospital where I was directed to take some photos. When I finished printing, I gave nine photographs to them,” he said.
Akinyele urged the court to accept the photographs and its certificate as evidence in accordance with Section 84 of Evidence Act (2011).
But Adepoju objected on the grounds that they were secondary evidence without negative copies.
Akinyele argued that photographs were important to proving his case, adding that they depicted blood stains, wounds and place of incident.
Justice Abimbola said:” I have considered the grounds of both counsel and I observed their objections.
“As regards the admissibility of the photographs, my question is that are they admissible with the law? Are they important to the case?
“My ruling is that there is no need for the negative copies of the photographs as far as a professional photographer took them and no room gives the condition for secondary or primary evidence. I hereby admit the photographs and certificate as evidence.”
Another witness, a Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Oluwanisola Olayiwola, of the University College Hospital, Ibadan testified that the deceased died of haemorrhagic shock from the wound of a sharp object.
The doctor, who conducted the autopsy, confirmed that Lowo was stabbed with a sharp object.
He said:” The body given to me for autopsy was that of a young man wearing only boxers and pants, with a stab wound on the left shoulder, located about 10cm from the root of the neck covered by dried blood.”
Olayiwola added that two wounds were discovered on the deceased.
The first wound, according to him, was on the left shoulder, measuring about 3.2cm long and 0.4cm deep.
The second was located on the outer edge of the lower jaw, measuring 6.5cm long and 0.7cm deep.
He added that there was evidence of shock in the kidney and systematic hypertension in the heart with aspiration pneumatic.
Justice Abimbola adjourned the case till February 13.
Culled from The Nation Newspaper