Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta yesterday sentenced a 22-year-old house help, David Idah to death for killing a 65-year-old retired chief magistrate, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Timeyin over a year ago.
Idah who on March 28 last year beheaded Timeyin in her Laderin Estate, Abeokuta residence, is to die by hanging.
The convict was first arraigned on April 4, 2014 before an Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court on a one-count charge of unlawful killing.
The offence, according to the prosecution, contravened Sections 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun State, 2006.
Justice Abiodun Akinyemi condemned Idah while delivering judgement on the murder charge brought against the accused person.
Idah who had then worked as house help to the Timeyin household for only two months before the incident, was said to have scaled the fence of the house to attack the retired senior magistrate with a machete, hacking her to death.
He was also said to have switched off the electricity supply to the house before attacking the retired senior magistrate.
Having accomplished his alleged mission to attack her, Idah was said to have scaled the fence back into the bush behind the house where he hid himself to avoid being caught.
The alarm raised by one of the sons of the late senior magistrate, Olamide who had earlier knocked on the gates and heard the desperate cries of her mum attracted some residents who immediately alerted the men of the Ogun State Vigilance Service who eventually arrested the accused.
The house help had a week earlier been arrested and detained by the police for allegedly burgling the Timeyin family residence, stealing household items, including jewellery, electronics and GSM handsets.
He was allegedly caught while trying to sell off the phones and handed over to the police by GSM phone dealers at Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.
Idah was sacked by the retired chief magistrate after he was caught stealing some items from her residence
The late chief magistrate was said to have pleaded with the police to release the house help who was only let off the hook four days before he carried out the crime.