Nigeria: BRT rape: Blunt force trauma led to Bamise’s death – Pathologist
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
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“There were multiple fractures in the back of the skull. This means the bone was broken into two or more parts,” Shoyemi said.
The pathologist also said there was a fracture above the ear.
According to him, it was also discovered that the deceased had bruises on both lips.
Mr Shoyemi, the ninth and final prosecution witness, said: “Taking into account all findings and internal findings, death appears to be due to severe traumatic brain injury due to blunt force trauma.” , said that samples were taken from the deceased’s body for identification and toxicology purposes during the autopsy.
He said the samples were taken to a forensic DNA laboratory.
During cross-examination by the defense lawyer, Mr. Abayomi Omotebola, the witness told the court that the investigating police officer had given him information about the deceased before the autopsy was carried out.
After cross-examination, defendant’s attorney informed the court that an application was pending to recall certain prosecution witnesses for further cross-examination.
The prosecutor then objected.
Judge Sherifat Sonaike reserved a decision on the application until November. 2.
The Lagos State Government has filed five charges against Ominikoron, bordering on rape, sexual assault and murder.
Prosecutors told the court that Ominikoron conspired with members of the public to rape and kill 22-year-old Ayanwole, a passenger on the BRT train he was driving.
The prosecution added that the defendant had sexual intercourse with Ms. Ayanwole without her consent and killed her on February 26, 2022 at about 7pm between Lekki-Ajah Expressway and Carter Bridge.
The prosecution also alleged that the defendants threw Mr Ayanwole from a moving BRT between the Lekki-Ajah Expressway and Kater Bridge.
According to the prosecution, this offense violates sections 411, 223, 260 and 165 of the 2015 Lagos State Penal Code.
However, the 48-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.