Man who killed wife tells court he thought she was a goat

A 63-year-old man, Oluwatunbosun Dahunsi has been arraigned in court on allegation of killing his wife.

After allegedly hacking her death with a cutlass, the accused said he thought she was a goat during the act.

Dahunsi was apprehended by men of the Nigeria Police Force on October 5th 2019 after hacking his wife to death with a cutlass at Ita-Ipele Camp, Owo LGA in Ondo State.

He was arraigned before a Magistrate court where he recounted how he murdered his wife. He added that while she was crying for help when she was being hacked with the cutlass, her cry sounded like that of a goat.

“She cried for help. But at the point of matcheting her, her cry sounded like that of a goat. So, I thought I was actually killing a goat. It was after killing her that my eyes became clear and I ran away. I don’t understand how it all happened. Please have mercy on me,” he told the court.

Dahunsi had no legal representation at the hearing. He, therefore, begged the court to temper justice with mercy as he became aware of what he had done after killing her.

The accused revealed that it was children’s school fees that led to their quarrel and the attack that followed.

“We only had quarrelled over our children’s school fees. I never knew when I matcheted her. It was after she died that I realized what I had done. Please have mercy on me and help me beg my children.”


His charge sheet read: “You, Dahunsi Oluwatubosun, ‘m’ on October 5, 2019 at about 6:30am at Ita-Ipele Camp via Owo in the Ondo Magisterial District unlawfully matcheted your wife, Funmilayo Dahunsi ‘f’ on her two hands, head, stomach, neck and her jaw with cutlass to death and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.”

The Chief Magistrate, Charity Adeyanju, ruled that he should be remanded in the Olokuta Prison Correctional Center, pending the advice from the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) and adjourned the case till January 13th 2020.

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