- Ronke Shonde, who was allegedly murdered by her husband, Lekan, died from severe brain injury, according to a pathologist
- Dr S.S. Soyele, a pathologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, conducted an autopsy on the late Mrs Shonde
- The pathologist said it was unlikely that the deceased inflicted the injuries on herself, adding the deceased’s brain was “heavy, swollen and filled with water”
Dr S.S. Soyele, a pathologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 25, told a Lagos state high court in Ikeja that Ronke Shonde, who was allegedly murdered by her husband, Lekan, died from severe brain injury, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathered that Soyele said a postmortem conducted on Ronke’s corpse revealed that her brain was heavy, swollen and filled with water.
Recall that the 51-year-old husband, Lekan, allegedly beat his wife to death at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos state three years ago.
During the proceedings, while being led in evidence by the state prosecutor, Y.G. Oshoala, the pathologist said it was unlikely that the deceased inflicted the injuries on herself because of the multiplicity of the wounds.
He said: “A bruise was found on her left jaw. During an autopsy, it was also discovered that the deceased had black eyes (pupils) a telltale sign of a brain injury. We opened up the body and brought out all the organs. We also opened up the skull to bring out the brain. Blood collection was discovered in the skull, just beneath the skin.
“The deceased’s uterus was also brought out and there was no sign of conception. We took samples from the brain in order to determine the cause of death which primarily was respiratory failure caused by trauma to the brain.”
Soyele, who noted that he and his team had conducted over 1,000 autopsies, said Ronke’s autopsy revealed that she had suffered past injuries to her brain.
“We took samples from the brain and discovered old haemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain, which suggests past trauma," he added.
The matter was adjourned till October 24 for trial.
In a previous report by Legit.ng, men of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CID) of Lagos state police command, Panti-Yaba, have charged the alleged wife killer, Lekan Shonde with murder, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate's Court, Ebute-Metta.
The alleged wife killer was said to have killed his 37 years old wife, Ronke, by giving her fist blow which led to her death, on May 5, at the residence, 3, Tiamo Street, Egbeda, Lagos.
The offence according to the prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Uwadione, is contrary to and punishable under section 221 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
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