I thought I was actually killing a goat. It was after killing her that my eyes became clear and I ran away.
There was palpable silence at an Ondo State Chief Magistrate Court in Akure when a 63-year old farmer, Oluwatubosun Dahunsi, narrated in tears how a strange inner voice pushed him to butcher his wife, Oluwafunmilayo, with a sharp cutlass until she gasped to death.
Dahunsi gave the account on a day the police took him to court to obtain an order remanding him in prison custody pending when his case file would be treated by the Office of the Ondo State Director of Public Prosecution.
He told the court and the bewildered audience that he thought he was butchering a goat until after her lovely wife dropped dead, blaming the devil.
The sexagenarian was arrested by the Ondo State Police Command for allegedly killing his wife at Ita-Ipele village in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, on October 6, 2019.
He was said to have butchered his wife to death following a domestic disagreement that ensued between them.
The defendant was docked in court on one count charge of murder.
He, though was pleading for leniency, the trial magistrate did not take his plea.
The charge sheet reads: “You, Dahunsi Oluwatubosun, ‘m’ on October 5, 2019 at around 6:30 a.m. at Ita-Ipele Camp via Owo in the Ondo Magisterial District unlawfully macheted 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.”
Dahunsi, who had no legal representation in the court, explained to the court that he regained his ‘sanity’ after he had committed the act, insisting that he killed his wife in error and begged the court for mercy.
He said, “We only had a quarrel over our children’s school fees. I never knew when I macheted her.
“It was after she died that I realized what I had done. Please have mercy on me and help me beg my children.”
Asked by the court if the deceased did not cry for help during the assault and why he did not stop after the first cut, Dahunsi replied “She (his wife) cried for help but at the point of macheting 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 didn’t understand how it all happened. Please have mercy on me.”
The prosecuting police, Mr Suleiman Abdulateef, told the court that he had filed an application for the remand of the defendant in the prison custody pending the advice from the office of the Director for Public Prosecution.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeyanju, granted the prayer of the prosecutor and ordered the remand of the defendant in the correctional centre ( prison) pending the advice from the DPP.
She also adjourned the case till January 13, 2020.