By Glam & Essence
A youth pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Akolade Arowolo, has been sentenced to die by hanging for the murder of his banker wife, Titilayo.
The court ruling saw him burst into tears. The judgment was reached on account of how Prosecutors were able to present compelling evidence that led to the conviction of Mr Arowolo and his sentencing by Justice Lateefat Okunu of the Ikeja High Court. Justice Okunu held in her over three hours judgment that evidence before the court proved that Arowolo actually murdered his wife in their matrimonial home.
Testimony in the form of a forensic report from Prof. John Oladapo Obafunwa, a pathologist, was what the court used to determine that there was no way the deceased could have stabbed herself to death.Prof Obafunwa,who testified said that his autopsy report revealed that Titilayo was killed through 76 knife stab wounds.
He noted that the knife wounds affected Titilayo’s left eye, right eye, upper chest area, right chest and collar bone. Prof. Obafunwa pointed out in his testimony that the deceased could not have inflicted such wounds on herself. Meanwhile Pastor Arowolo,had claimed that his wife was possessed and inflicted injuries on herself.To further prove its case, prosecution invited some of Titilayo’s family members who testified that Arowolo and Titilayo had always had a troubled marriage.
The family members included Titilayo’s father, George Oyakhire; sister, Ijeh and mother-in-law, Mrs Adetoun Yeside Oyakhire. The three witnesses testified that the family had at several times, settled serious fights between the couple. None of the witnesses however saw what actually happened on the day Titilayo died.
Also,the Arowolo’s co-tenant, Adewale Adeyemi equally gave evidence in the case. But Pastor Arowolo’s parents however testified that their son was incapable of murder.
In his evidence,the neighbour said that on the day of the incident ,he heard a loud noise when he was in his apartment and later saw Arowolo rushing out with a deep cut in his palms. He claimed to have also seen a hammer and a knife with a broken handle in the yard. Other witnesses such a the security man at the Arowolos’ residence, Investigating Police Officer and an MTN Staff also gave evidence in the case.
Having presented its case, the burden was shifted on Arowolo to defend himself.
In his defence, Arowolo claimed that he and his deceased wife had passionate sex for two hours and kissed on the same day she died.
He claimed that Titi stabbed herself to death on the day after they had a fight. He also claimed that Titilayo was possessed by an evil spirit and inflicted several stab wounds on him before turning to herself.
After the judge handed him the death sentence,Arowolo still claimed he was innocent of killing his wife.