14-Year-Old Remanded For Stabbing 17-Year-Old Neighbour To Death Over Girlfriend

A 14-year-old boy identified as Marvelous Asefon, who allegedly stabbed his 17-year-old neighbour, Sunday Ogele, to death over his girlfriend, has been arraigned before an Akure Magistrates’ court in Ondo State.

The Police charged the teenager to court on a count of murder.

Police Prosecutor, Matins Olowofeso, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 20, 2023, in the Oka-Akoko, area of the state.

According to Olowofeso, the defendant killed one Sunday Ogele by stabbing him with scissors in his rib after a scuffle over his girlfriend.

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The charge read in part, “That you, Marvelous Asefon, ‘m’ on April 20 Sunday, 2023 at 8:pm at Kanmu, Oka-Akoko in the Ondo State Magisterial District, did kill one Sunday Ogele ‘m’ 17 years old by stabbing him with scissors in his rib, which led to his death.”

The offence contravenes Section 319(1) and 316 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 2, Laws of Ondo State, 2016.

His plea was not taken.

The Police Prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant at the Correctional Centre pending the issuance of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, (DPP).

But the defence counsel informed the court that both parties involved are relations and that the father of the deceased had opted for settlement.

The father of the victim, Mr Ogele told the court that he has not been properly approached for any out-of-court settlement.

The presiding Magistrate, Folashade Aduroja, therefore ordered the remand of the defendant and adjourned the case till June 11 for a ruling.