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Court jails native doctor for killing neighbour’s cow

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An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced a 45-year-old native doctor, Michael Oyewole, to 12 months imprisonment for killing his neighbour’s cow.

The convict, who resides at Araromi Alakaloko Olomore area in Abeokuta, Ogun State, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, theft and wilfully and unlawfully killing of a cow.

However, Magistrate O.O. Odumosu held that the prosecution had proven his case beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was guilty of the offence.

She sentenced Oyewole to 12 calendar months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N10,000 for the stealing and six months for willingly and unlawfully killing the cow.

The magistrate ordered that the convict can only exercise the option of payment of fine, only if he pays N400,000 to the complainant, being the cost of the cow he killed. She added that the sentence should run concurrently.

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Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that the convict committed the offence on June 3, at about 11 p.m. at Alakoloko Unique Estate Olomore area in Abeokuta.

Shonibare said that the convict conspired with others at large and stole a cow valued N400,000 from the property of one Mr Hakeem Ominrinde

He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 516, 383 and 450 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.

 

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