A Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has been told by a 63-year-old man, Oluwatunbosun Fadahunsi, that he thought he was killing a goat while slaughtering his wife, Funmilayo Fadahunsi.
Fadahunsi is standing trial on a one count charge of murder.
According to available in formation, Fadahunsi, who is being tried before Chief Magistrate Charity Adeyanju, committed the offences on October 5, 2019 at about 6:30am at Ita-Ipele Camp, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
He told the court: “She cried for help.
“But at the point of matcheting her, her cry sounded like that of a goat.
“So, I thought I was actually killing a goat.
“It was after killing her that my eyes became clear and I ran away.
“I don’t understand how it all happened.
“Please have mercy on me.
“We only had quarrel over our children school fees.
“I never knew when I matcheted her.
“It was after she died that I realised what I had done.
“Please have mercy on me and help me beg my children.”
The couple had five children together.
The one count charge reads: “That you, Dahunsi Oluwatubosun, ‘m’ on October 5, 2019 at about 6:30am at Ita-Ipele Camp via Owo in the Ondo Magisterial District unlawfully matcheted your wife, Funmilayo Dahunsi ‘f’ on her two hands, head, stomach, neck and her jaw with cutlass to death and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.”
The police prosecutor, Sergeant, Suleiman Abdulateef, told the court that he had filed an application for the remand of the accused person in prison custody pending the advice from the office of the Director for Public Prosecution.
Adeyanju granted the prayer of Abdulateef, ordering the remand of the accused person in the Olokuta Prison Correctional Center pending the advice from the DPP.
Adeyanju adjourned the case till January 13, 2020.