Legal Nigeria

Policeman sentenced to 6years in jail for manslaughter

A Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja has sen­tenced a police corporal, Abang Okon, to six years imprisonment for unlaw­ful killing of one Olalekan Ajayi .
Justice Sedoten Ogun­sanya imposed the jail term on Okon after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge preferred against him.
Okon was arraigned be­fore Justice Ogunsanya on April 1, for shooting Ajayi to death at the Ladeja area of Ikorodu in the state.
The defendant, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge, later agreed to a plea bargain with the prosecution.
During proceedings yesterday, the prosecutor counsel , Adebayo Haroun informed the court that a plea bargain had been reached between the de­fendant and the state.
He urged the court to approve the guilty plea as admission of involuntary manslaughter.
Accepting the plea bar­gain, Justice Ogunsanya said: “The defendant hav­ing shown remorse for his actions on the 28 Au­gust 2013 along Ladega Junction, Ikorodu, Lagos by negligently firing a bullet at one Olalekan Ajayi, which resulted in his death, hereby pleaded guilty to the offence of involuntary manslaughter contrary to section 222 of the Criminal Laws of La­gos State, 2011.
“The defendant is here­by sentenced to six years imprisonment to take ef­fect from the date of his remand in prison custody.”
Justice Ogunsanya, however, turned down a provision of the plea bar­gain, which recommended that the convict should serve a six-hour communi­ty service in the nature of environmental sanitation as part of punishment for his crime.
The judge also turned down the recommenda­tion that Okon should be responsible for payment of the school fees of one of the deceased children from primary to secondary school.
The Sun