The owner of the Hilton Honours Hotel, Rahman Adedoyin was on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 found culpable and guilty of conspiracy to murder and unlawful killing of Timothy Adegoke.
Adedoyin was subsequently sentenced to death.
Timothy Adegoke was murdered on November 5, 2023 at the Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He was an MBA-Executive student at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
The hotel and bullion van has been forfeited to the State.
Raheem Adedoyin was declared wanted.
The Osun Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, while delivering her judgement on the case, held that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.
According to her, Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box did not help him, as the circumstantial evidence had shifted the burden of proof on him.
Justice Ojo also said Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box meant he agreed to the murder charge pressed against him by the prosecution, dismissing the alibi pleaded on his behalf by his counsel, who said the hotel owner was in Abuja for many days around the time the death of the late Adegoke occurred.