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Court Discharges, Acquits Woman Accused Of Stabbing Husband To Death


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  A Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square, on Tuesday discharged and acquitted a woman, Christiana Odo, accused of stabbing her husband to death during a fight.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya, discharged and acquitted the defendant after the evidence of self defence was established by the testimonies of the witnesses.

The judge, however, cited a supreme Court decision which stated the ingredients of self defence.

She said to prove self defence, the accused must be free from fault in bringing about the encounter.

She also said that there must have been no safe or reasonable mode of escape by retreat.

The judge, however, said that the proof of self-defence lied on the defendant.



“Having found the extra judicial statement of the defendant, where she confessed to stabbing her husband during a fight whilst the deceased was holding  a broken bottle is the truth of what really transpired.

“Also the evidence of the investigating police officer (IPO), who gathered that the parties had a very quarrelsome relationship which led to the Baale of the area giving them notice to quit.

“It was also proven that at the day of incident, the deceased was said to be drunk and armed himself with a broken bottle.

“On the totality of the foregoing, I must find and hold that the plea of self defence ensures in favour of the defendant and avails her of the offence of manslaughter.

“The defendant is hereby discharged and acquitted of the offence of manslaughter.


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