Nigerian man bags life imprisonment for beating wife to death in the UK


A court in the United Kingdom (UK) has sentenced a Nigerian, Olubunmi Abodunde, to life imprisonment for killing his wife after he suspected her of having extramarital affairs.

Abodunde, 48, was sentenced to prison by the Ipswich Crown Court for killing his 41-year-old wife, Taiwo Abodunde.

The man was said to have beaten his wife to death with his son’s skateboard.

It was further reported that UK policemen heard ‘a number of bangs’ inside the house that Abodunde had entered, despite bail conditions imposed the day before that barred him from the residence due to his previous record of domestic violence.

When they arrived 25 minutes later, they discovered his wife with her skull bashed in, according to Mail Online.

He reportedly wielded the toy with such force on his wife that a pathologist was unable to establish how many blows she had sustained.

Judge Martyn Levett of Ipswich Crown Court, after sentencing Abodunde to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years behind bars, told the convict he was “ferocious, ruthless, cold-blooded, callous, and savage”.

Abodunde had said very little about what happened and gave “no comment” responses during a police interview.

“The simple fact is that you strangled your wife and then beat her to death and used one of the children’s skateboards to batter her skull,” the judge added.

Abodunde was jealous and suspicious throughout his marriage and accused his wife of having affairs.

During the hearing, the court heard the couple, who had three children, arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 2022.

The court heard that she suffered “catastrophic injuries” during the attack in Newmarket, Suffolk, on November 28, 2023.

A post-mortem examination later showed Taiwo had been throttled until she fell unconscious, then stamped on until her ribs were broken before her husband used the skateboard to kill her.

The blows were so violent that the skateboard was damaged.

Prosecutor Simon Spence KC told the court the banging officers heard was likely to have been Abodunde continuing to attack his wife after she was unconscious or dead.

As well as clashes over the alleged affairs, there were also arguments about bills.

The suspect whom Suffolk Police had investigated for domestic abuse was supposed to stand murder trial but changed his plea to guilty after the jury was sworn on Monday.

Judge Levett informed him that the only possible penalty was life imprisonment.

Suffolk Constabulary presented themselves to the Independent Office of Police Conduct, which verified that three officers were under investigation.

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