Lekan Shonde begs court to reduce murder charge to manslaughter

Lekan Shonde, who is standing trial before the court for the alleged murder of his wife, has on Tuesday, urged a Lagos State High Court to reduce his murder charge to manslaughter.

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Lekan Shonde begs court to reduce murder charge to manslaughter


Thee 51-year-old Lekan allegedly beat his wife to death at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos State on May 5, 2016, Punch Metro reports.

He was alleged to have locked up the corpse and their two children before the incident was discovered by a nanny and later reported to the police.

At Tuesday’s proceedings, Lekan claimed that he did not intend to kill his wife.

Lekan, through his counsel, Robert Clarke (SAN), in his final written address, told the court that there was no evidence or the intent to commit murder, adding that he acted spontaneously when he heard his wife talking to her alleged lover on the phone about their lovemaking sessions.

Clarke, while adopting his written address, told the court that there were no eyewitnesses during the murder of Ronke.

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He stated:

“The issue in this matter is to ascertain if the defendant killed his wife. I did a research and interviewed nine married Nigerians of the same age group with the defendant relating the circumstances of this matter.

“It was only one person who did not agree with the reaction of the defendant, but the others said they would have acted more than him. There was no use of a dangerous weapon in the death of the deceased and the fact that the two children slept and did not hear any noise means that the incident that caused the death was not characterised by any loud noise. It was an incident that was not prolonged and this gives credence to the defendant’s claim that it was only one slap that caused the damage.

“The fact that the autopsy report showed undigested food in the deceased’s stomach corroborates the claim by the defendant, who said they shared a meal of moi-moi and pap after they had an argument over the love affair.

“My Lord, this goes to show that the couple settled their differences amicably that night as it were; the defendant said he slapped his wife out of a fit of anger, which was an instinctive reaction.”

Also adopting his final written address, the state prosecutor, Y. O. Oshoala, asked the court to convict Lekan for the murder of his wife, Ronke.

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He said:

“My Lord should take note that the autopsy report showed old and new trauma wounds to the deceased’s skull, which corroborate a prolonged evidence of abuse.

“The defendant, after committing the act, also fled the scene with the deceased’s phone and the key to the apartment for days. He only resurfaced three days after the police launched a manhunt for him.

“There was no noise because it was one man dealing with a helpless woman, who could not fight back. Even if it is only one slap, the defendant does not have any right to slap his wife, whether for a just cause or an unjust cause.”

He added:

“In his evidence, he accepted the fact of killing; provocation could not have happened. The defendant was the provocateur in this case. The deceased was making her phone call, it was the defendant that entered and was provoked.

“The act of the defendant, in this case, was intentional and to cause grievous bodily harm, which he had been doing for long, but succeeded in killing a creature he could not create.”

Oshoala urged the court to convict the defendant to serve as a lesson to others, who were in the habit of assaulting people.

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The presiding judge, Justice Josephine Oyefeso, adjourned the matter till January 18, 2019, for judgement.

279 Comments

  1. TOO BAD,YOU ALLOWED EMOTION TO HAVE A GREATER PART OF YOU,I CAN’T CHARGE THE DEFENDANT NOT GUILTY BECAUSE THAT ACTION WAS CLEARLY INTENTIONAL,HE HAS TO FACE THE ROT OF THE COURT OF LAW

  2. Animal husband. Just one slap , moron , you slapped your wife and said just slap. Young ladies will not learn from this now, they run after drug addicted guys, beer guys, party guys, popular street guys, spit.

  3. please let just think of it, did he worth to beg for man”s slaughter if h truly kill his wife. I always believe that justice should be made

  4. IS THIS STORY REAL?

    THAT MR. LEKAN KILLED THE WIFE BECAUSE THE WIFE WAS FOUND TO BE CHEATING ON HIM.

    WHY NOT CHEAT ON HER AS WELL IF YOU HAVE NOT CHEATED BEFORE.

    THEN, CALL FOR AND GO YOUR SEPARATE WAYS.

    NOW LETS SAY THE COURT PARDONS YOU , WHAT OF GOD? YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS AND ALL IS WELL? MAN, NOT AS EASY AS THAT.

    THAT WOMAN YOU HAVE KILLED COULD BE YOUR:

    – SISTER,

    – AUNTIE,

    – NIECE

    – A FATHERS DAUGHTER

    – A SISTER TO SOMEONE

    – SOMEONE’S COUSIN

    -ETC.

    THE LIST IS ENDLESS.

    LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, WE CAN KILL FOR ANY REASON.BUT WE CANNOT, CAN NEVER BRING BACK TO LIFE.WE HAVE NO SUCH POWERS.

    OPINION;

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO WITH OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.IN ISSUES OF LIFE AND DEATH,GIVE GOD THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT.AND WALK AWAY WITH BLOOD – UNSTAINED – HANDS

    LIVE AND LET LIVE, NO MATTER THE SINS OF THE OTHER PERSONS.

  5. Anger is bad very bad indeed now you have become a murderer I will like to know if he isn’t the reason why his wife started cheating on him in the 1st place also a slap can push someone to hit her head hard and die. Married couples should be weary of resorting to domestic violence lets live in understanding

  6. He’s innocent until proven guilty. We await for the judgement and I hope the admin will post it here too. The lesson here is that we should learn how to control our anger no matter the situation because anger destroys. Seek help or go for council over anger management.

  7. the autopsy report showed old and new trauma wounds to the deceased’s skull, which corroborate a prolonged evidence of abuse.
    So there is clear evidence

  8. For beating his to dead is really bad….it is only a foolish man that would lift up his hand and land it on a woman…..

  9. Husbands of these days are impatience and nontolerance to their wives.God will judge you. Why did you laid your hands on her in the first place.

  10. Away from sentiment
    The defendant may have been torturing his wife for sometimes
    Before the so called one slap that led to her death
    In my wisdom, the trial judge should fellow due process
    And let the right punishment for the crime be meted out to the culprit
    If things like these keep going on in our society, then the faith of women could nothing more than hell

  11. He has been habitually panel beating her. Accusing her of cheating is just an excuse. He is so used to beating her to stupor that is why he could see her unconscious and have such a wicked mind and heart to lock her in the house and go away. He even took her keys and phone to further trap her there so that she can not call for assistance.

  12. He committed murder and should not be shown mercy. This should serve as a reminder to other men that beat their wives at will

  13. This matter have been dragged for too long….The man should be charges for murder and sentenced accordingly

  14. If found guilty let him face the law, he shouldn’t have raised his hand on his wife no matter what the problem is

  15. I saw somebody commented men are beasts! Do u know the level of frustration the woman has given the man! Dont judge so you wont be judged!

  16. From my own point of view the defendant is guilty. He may not have intended to kill her, but previous scars shows him to be violent and him running away is also suspicious. Let’s be realistic, if the roles were reversed, with the man been the cheat, most of us won’t be asking for mercy

  17. He should face the law,who knows how he has been treating the woman dt warrant her to have a love affair outside her home,may God help women facing domestic violence

  18. Comment*he should be punished in accordance with the law. intentionally or unintentionally, he committed a crime and the dead can’t be brought back to life

  19. Really there’s more to these why does he want them to reduce d charges so that other people like him will kill more after all they have the money. No matter what he shouldn’t have killed her, and why is it that of all night is that same night that she died. People can lie for Africa

  20. This is why am always saying, abusing words between couples is not good,from there it can lead to beating, from beating to…………

  21. This guy must be a weightlifter, to say just one slap and her wife gave up. That’s so outrageous. We should face the wrath of the wrath of the law squarely

  22. He might have done that outfit of anger not knowing it will result to her death. He should be forgiven just because of the kids.

  23. Domestic violence in this case has lead to death. I wish the woman left that marriage b4 it was too late. He is pleading for leniency. He should root in jail.

  24. The law can be best interpreted by the judge…if he finds it legal and ok to reduce his charges to manslaughter, it’s ok. But this is really an unfortunate event.

  25. His action where intentional and he should be fully punished for his sins that I wonder what he is pleading for when he should kwn better

  26. This is a serious matter, I tell you. Nobody will accept cheating without reaction but over reacting is a problem n its own. I feel for the man.

  27. He should face the consequences of his action, even if his late wife was cheating that doesn’t warrant him to kill, he should have reported her to her parent or gone for a divorce instead

  28. Men like him in cases like this apply wisdom and not react harshly, look at what uncontrolled anger has led him into, others will learn from this.

  29. He is very stupid for what he said,,, when he was murdering the person he no know abi,,,But the judges can still have mercy on him sha

  30. If she actually cheated on you like you claim why didn’t you leave the marriage because it is only on the ground of adultery that one can divorce. May God have mercy on you

  31. Anger is really a bastard, it is good we keep silent when angry because of jealousy you turn yourself to murder.

  32. The court should deal with him…even thought she was making call with her lover…the man don’t have right to beat her to death…imaging beating someone to death…that woman wnt through a lot of things

  33. Seems the man has being abusive because the autopsy test proves so and also this should be a lesson to both men and woman solving issues amicably is just the way forward anger has no place in this jet age plz say no to domestic violence

  34. In this case, both the man and his wife are wrong.
    First, the wife shouldn’t have cheated.
    Secondly, the man should have resolved the issue amicably than battering his wife.
    In my opinion, he should be punished so as for it to be a deterrent to others who batter their wives.

  35. The woman is to blame a little if she also had truly spoken about the last night love session, but the man also should have not gone to the extent of brutalising his wife with a slap on her ear

  36. Was that the best he could have done, he should have calm down, the court should be merciful and grant his request

  37. in cases like this,someone can never know the real and whole,quite complicated.its difficult to judge really when there is no eye witness

  38. He is not man enough to lay his hands on his wife at the first place…there is no mercy on this one… Ode

  39. He should be punished severely for killing his wife, this will serve as a learning point to other men who beat their wife

  40. This matter have been dragged for too long….The man should be charges for murder and sentenced accordingly

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  41. What a heart touching story, it might be that he didn’t kill her intentionally, but it’s important to know that a man isn’t supposed to beat his wife, more investigations should be carried out, God have mercy on him

  42. You could have filed for divorce instead of taking laws into your hands your children will never forgive you for what you’ve done to thier mother.

  43. Honestly I am confused but I think the man did it intentionally because I don’t think the woman can die through just one slap….and men are to treasure their wife n not best their wife

  44. He should be charged as murder why will he even bit his wife in the first place you heard not even saw nawa oo

  45. He did mean to kill his wife, but he still hit her. Anger is very disastrous. If hechad controlled himself this would not have happened. I believe the judge will be the one to decide if it is a case of manslaughter or murder.

  46. Sometimes women are not careful, you know that u are married to a beast who beat you at anytime,you still be there waiting for more beating.she might be innocent or guilty of cheating but the truth is she is dead nobody knows the real truth

  47. who does that? God gave you a beautiful wife you murder and you still have the guts the asked for preferential treatment.

  48. It pains me most wen i hear stories of this nature, now you have killed the wonan, tell me what is your gain.

  49. He murdered his wife period, this should be a deterrent to all men that beat their wives. The other married couples they interviewed who said they would have done worse, I feel sorry for their wives.

  50. We shouldn’t allow our anger to control us, he has done what his not intend doing all because of anger and hot temper.

  51. He’s not supposed to be taken to court again. That’s wickedness of the highest order and should not be tolerated

  52. The rate men are slaughtering their wife this days is so alarming. Federal government should do something about it.

  53. This is a case of cheat and no matter what it shouldnt have gotten to that extend, anger is bad and must be tamed to all level

  54. The blood of his wife is in his hands, he has kill a creature that he cannot create. He doesn’t have the right to slap his wife you matter what, he must face the judgment..

  55. The woman is no more. Fine,the man allowed his emotions to take over him which led to his wife’s death,we should also remember that the couple had two children. We should think about the children they shouldn’t loss both parent to a tragic incident.

  56. He murdered his wife yet need reduce jail term, no way. I pray the case adjourned should be concluded that the sentence was as it was.

  57. No matter what is wrong with his head, it’s not proper for a man to beat a woman. Nothing can be done because he has to pay back by the law which is manslaughter

  58. These kind of people are supposed to live on this planet, they should be thrown into the bottomless pit

  59. As a matter of face, he had murder his wife for no reason, dey should kill him also, so that wat happen to him we be inform of lession to other people’s that nomally beat there wife

  60. He should have begged the late wife when she was provoking him in quote or walk away to have avoided all these… God keep helping us cos at times it is easier said than done.

  61. too bad he cant control his emotions, but the did has been done, he has to face the law for the crime he willfully committed. That way he will learn a lesson if he finally comes out

  62. The defendant i s guilty even if he claimed her death was not intentional…I believe he has been beating the woman ..let he face the punishment

  63. The murder was not intentional,he was carried away with emotions but he will face his judgement so sorry for that.

  64. He should be convicted because he has no reason to do that and who would believe dat she just died because of a slap. And him saying is nt intentional is a lie so he should be convicted. Dat will serve as a deterrent to dose who think dey can just beat their wives as if dey re punching bags

  65. TOO BAD,YOU ALLOWED EMOTION TO HAVE A GREATER PART OF YOU,I CAN’T CHARGE THE DEFENDANT NOT GUILTY BECAUSE THAT ACTION WAS CLEARLY INTENTIONAL,HE HAS TO FACE THE ROT OF THE COURT OF LAW

  66. This man didn’t do well at all and must be prosecuted for the murder of his wife. In my own opinion, no matter the degree of offence of the wife, the husband doesn’t have the right to slap his wife if indeed he loves that wife, talkless of taking a life he didn’t create. He should rot in jail.

  67. This is a case of murder,we need to control our anger if not what it wil cause wil be had I know.Only God that wil save you from this one .

  68. Men and there hot temper, I guess by now some people would have learn certain things but yet the keep doin alot of mess,I pray God will see you through

  69. I don’t accept court should reduce the case to manslaughter, he should be punished with the category of his sin

  70. Domestic violence is not the answers pls. If the marriage is not working between you Two then walk away. cheating or no cheat pls. Don’t allow anger to take control of you…

  71. Look at this man
    You are guity of the offence
    And u are still talking
    It’s very painful the wife died

  72. Foolish man, the court should use the murder case to judge him, this will be a lesson for those man that turn their wife to drum set

  73. Its too late to cry when the tail has been cut off. So he even guilty now he begin when some once life has gone man face the music

  74. It’s a shocking news. Those ladies running around guys because of what he has and do not care about who he is, should learn their lessons now. “Tomorrow might be their turn”.

  75. Be very careful what you did with other human being.In issues of life and death,give God the benefits of doubt.and walk away with blood – unstained – hands..

  76. I totally disagree with her opinions, if court should reduce the charge, people will not take caution, instead it will increase more and more

  77. Let always be careful when we are angry,it better we move away from the scene to avoid any causalities. Assuming he leaves the house that night,that may not has happened

  78. The wife is the cause of the incident
    He only reacted as would any man
    A woman in a consummated marriage talking to a lover about an enjoyable love making exercise
    Who won’t go mad
    Please temper justice with mercy on this case

  79. This is what anger causes and right now nobody knows the truth about what really happened on the day the wife died. Just pray you are not sentenced to death

  80. With the investigation it should be known if it is murder or manslaughter so the judge can tamper justice with mercy

  81. From frying pan to fire there will be no rest for the killer no manslaughter charges for because the wages of sin is death

  82. But the autopsy shows signs of prolonged abuse. They can’t expect the dead to come and defend herself

  83. If he is guilty ,let him face the law for beating his wife at the point of death, a man that raised his hands up to beat a woman is a coward.

  84. Murderer! He should die too…why not control his temper ? He should face the law..somthing he could hav avoided ..

  85. This is a serious matter, I tell you. Nobody will accept cheating without reaction but over reacting is a problem n its own. I feel for the man.

  86. Animal husband. Just one slap , moron , you slapped your wife and said just slap. Young ladies will not learn from this now, they run after drug addicted guys, beer guys, party guys, popular street guys, spit.

  87. He should face the consequences and this should serve as a warning to all the men out there beating their wives

  88. some men should just learn how to control their anger. you can see what anger have done to this young man…..

  89. should have begged the late wife when she was provoking him in quote or walk away to have avoided all these… God keep helping us cos at times it is easier said than done.

  90. It’s unfortunate that the wife died but the husband has to face the law either he committed murder or manslaughter.

  91. Murder Manslaughter whatever the case, he killed and must be prosecuted. We keep blaming d devil for our stupidity.

  92. Domestic violence is not good. Couples should always avoid it no matter the kind of argument ensued between them.

  93. Na wa. A woman’s infidelity can make a man commit murder. Though angered to the extent of inducing death is unfortunate.

  94. That’s the reason why violence in marriage is very bad and couple should learn to settle their disputes rightly… Well let’s hear the court judgment

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