Timothy Adegoke: Court jails hotel receptionist for 2 yrs

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Osogbo, May 31, 2023 – The Osun State High Court on Wednesday sentenced Miss Adedeji Adesola, the receptionist who received late Timothy Adegoke when he lodged in the Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife on Nov. 6, 2021, to two years imprisonment.

Osun State Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, pronounced the sentence at the sitting of the court on Wednesday.

The judge found him guilty of conspiracy to fabricate evidence and conceal the fact that the deceased lodged at the facility before he died during the court sitting.

She said she delayed her sentencing till Wednesday due to pleading for leniency of the court by her counsel, Okon Ita, and the prosecution, Fatimo Adesina.

Both Adesina and Adesola’s counsel had urged the court to consider the age of the defendant and the circumstances under which she acted and treat her case with leniency.

Ojo in her judgement, said she took notice of the plead for leniency for the defendant and the provision of Section 411 of the Constitution.

 “I have considered the passionate plea of the 7th defendant and the submission of the prosecution on the need to temper justice with mercy.

“I have observed and considered the sober disposition of the 7th defendant in court throughout the trial.

“I am equally mindful of the circumstances surrounding the case of the 7th defendant. I am not unmindful of the provisions of the Section 411 2(b) of the law.

“I hereby sentence you, Adedeji Adesola, to 2 years imprisonment starting from the first day of your arrest.”

The hotel owner, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, and two of his staff, Adeniyi Aderogba, and Oyetunde Kazeem, had earlier been sentenced to death by hanging.

The court had found them culpable in the death of Adegoke, who arrived at the hotel on November 5, 2021, but was later found buried in a shallow grave along Ife-Ede, by police detectives. (GBN)

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