Slain Banker: Don’t Delay Trial Of Slain Banker’s Husband – Court

Slain Banker: Don’t Delay Trial Of Slain Banker’s Husband – Court

An Ikeja High Court, Lagos, on Tuesday warned the defence team in the trial of 31-year-old Akolade Arowolo who allegedly killed his banker wife, Titilayo, not to delay the prosecution of the case.

Slain Banker: Don’t Delay Trial Of Slain Banker’s Husband – Court

Akolade was arraigned before Justice Lateefa Okunnu on December 21, 2011, for one-count of murder.

The prosecution had closed its arguments with 16 witnesses on November 19, paving the way for the defence to open its case on November 29 with the testimony of Akolade’s father, Mudashiru.

However, the case was stalled on Tuesday as the second defence witness was not available in court.

Akolade’s lawyer, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, told the court that the witness was indisposed and could not make it to the court.

Ajanaku said, “My lord the second defence witness who happens to be a lady is not in court. As at yesterday (Monday) when I met with her, she was down with malaria fever and can’t stand the rigours of coming to court.

“She was within the court premises during the last sitting. I was even in a dilemma on bringing other witnesses to court but the problem was that I didn’t prepare them for today. With this situation, I humbly apply for an adjournment.”

Principal State Counsel, M.M. Balogun, who appeared alongside Y.A. Adekoya, for prosecution did not oppose the Ajanaku’s prayer for adjournment.

However, Balogun told the court that “we will be asking for a cost” because the adjournment was brought at the instance of the defence.

Okunnu expressed concern on the absence of the witness and queried Ajanaku on why he failed to ensure the attendance of the other three witnesses whom he had planned to produce in court to give testimony.

Okunnu said, “Don’t delay this trial; when one witness is not available, then the other ones should be present in court. What if you are supposed to close your defence today?”

In reply to Balogun, Okunnu said, “As regards cost, who will the defence pay the cost to? Does that happen in criminal matters?”

She subsequently adjourned till January 22, 2013, for continuation of defence.

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