Funsho Williams: Prosecution closes case as court admits exhibits from crime scene
But the state counsel, E. I. Alakija, apologised for his absence and applied that one CSP Shehu Wazo, also from forensic department, be permitted to tender the evidence
The prosecution in the trial of six men charged with the murder of Funsho Williams on Friday closed its case as the court admitted exhibits recovered from the crime scene as evidence.
Justice Ebenezer Adebajo had at the last sitting issued a witness summons on one Agbo Beneth from the forensic department to tender the evidence in court.
But the state counsel, E. I. Alakija, apologised for his absence and applied that one CSP Shehu Wazo, also from forensic department, be permitted to tender the evidence.
CSP Wazo, while being led in evidence by the state counsel, said that a rope, knife, mattress and cushion were recovered from the crime scene, which he presented to the court.
He, however, told the court that they could not get access to the bloodstained shirt recovered from the scene due to the short time the court gave them.
Alakija then applied that the exhibits should be returned to the forensic lab to prevent contamination, to which the state counsel, Agbara Okezie, objected.
According to Okezie, the evidence should be left in the care of the court since it has already been tendered.
Justice Adebajo subsequently overruled his objection and ordered that the exhibits be returned to the laboratory.
He subsequently adjourned the case till June 9 for the adoption of written addresses.
The accused are Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie, all male.
The defendants were first arraigned on March 1, 2013 before Justice Adebajo on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.
The defendants, according to the charge, on or about July 27, 2006 at 34A, Corporation Drive, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, conspired to murder Williams.
The offence contravenes Sections 316 and 324 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.