The founder of Hilton Hotel, Ile-Ife, Ramon Adedoyin, and three staff members have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and the actual murder of Timothy Adegoke, a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
The conviction was delivered by the Osun State High Court in Osogbo.
Adedoyin and six of his workers, namely Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Lawrence, Oyetunde Kazeem Adebayo Kunle, and Adedeji Adesola, stood trial together and faced an 18-count charge, including murder, conspiracy, and oath of secrecy.
In her judgment on Tuesday, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Adepele Ojo, acquitted three defendants, namely Magdalene Chiefuna, Lawrence Oluwole, and Adedeji Adesola, of the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
However, they were found guilty of the other counts mentioned in the charge.
Adedoyin, on the other hand, was found guilty and convicted of counts 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 15, and 16.
The court dismissed the credibility of the second autopsy report, which was signed by two pathologists from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, on the grounds that the court believed the reports were biased due to the vested interests of the individuals involved.
According to Justice Ojo’s findings, it was established that the deceased, Timothy Adegoke, stayed at the Hilton hotel and made a payment into the account of the 7th defendant.
“I found the first defendant (Ramon Adedoyin) culpable of the conspiracy to murder and murder.”
The court held that evidence presented before the court placed Oyetunde Kazeem “squarely among those who perpetrated the acts” and he was found guilty of the counts
The seventh defendant, Adedeji Adesola, was intricately orchestrated into the act. The circumstances surrounding her were insufficient to establish her culpability for counts 1, 2, and 3.