06 June 2023 :
An Osun State High Court on May 30, 2023 sentenced popular hotel owner Ramon Adedoyin and two others to death in the murder case of Timothy Adegoke, an ex-Master’s student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Adegoke was found dead in November 2021 at Adedoyin’s Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife, where he (the deceased) had lodged.
In a judgment on May 30, the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo, pronounced Adedoyin and two staff members of the hotel guilty of murder.
The judge, in a judgment that lasted over two hours, held that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.
The judge dismissed Adedoyin’s alibi that he was not within the hotel when the late Adegoke lodged there.
Justice Ojo also held that Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box to convince the court that he was innocent, was fatal to his case because the burden of proof had shifted to him.
In the final analysis, the judge said the prosecution proved the charges of conspiracy and unlawful killing pressed against Adedoyin and two of the six workers charged along with him.
The convicted hotel workers are Adeniyi Aderogba and Oyetunde Kazeem.
Along with Adedoyin, the judge sentenced them to death by hanging.