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UK court sentences Nigerian man to life in imprisonment for killing wife



In a tragic turn of events, Olubunmi Abodunde, a 48-year-old man from Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom, has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal killing of his 41-year-old wife, Taiwo Owoeye Abodunde, on November 28, 2023.

The harrowing incident involved Olubunmi bludgeoning his wife to death with his son’s skateboard, resulting in severe neck, head, and brain injuries.

The verdict was delivered by Judge Martyn Levett of the Ipswich Crown Court, marking a somber conclusion to a tale of family strife. Prosecuting attorney Stephen Spence cited jealousy and financial disputes as contributing factors to the crime, highlighting the destructive impact of domestic discord.

Detective Inspector Dan Connick, speaking after the hearing, described the attack as “awful” and acknowledged its lasting impact on the community and, most significantly, on Taiwo’s family. He expressed hope that the verdict would bring some comfort to the family.

In his defense, Olubunmi’s lawyer, Nneka Akudolu KC, suggested that the violence displayed by her client was uncharacteristic and potentially influenced by medication. However, no medical evidence was provided to support this claim. Olubunmi, who changed his plea to guilty before sentencing, reacted with shock and disbelief, realizing that he would spend his days in prison.

The tragic incident has left a void in the lives of Taiwo’s family, particularly her three children, who now face the challenge of reconciling their father’s actions with their mother’s death. The family has expressed a desire for justice and has requested permission for certain family members to visit the children to support their healing process.

Taiwo Abodunde was remembered as a dedicated employee at Cambridge Manor care home, known for her compassionate care towards residents. Her tragic death has deeply saddened her colleagues and the community.

In contrast, Olubunmi, who lacked stable employment, relied on sporadic shifts at Tesco and Wickes. He claimed self-defense, alleging years of physical abuse by his wife. However, the court was informed that there was no evidence of a knife near Taiwo’s body, contradicting his claims.

The couple’s tumultuous relationship, marked by controlling behavior, domestic violence, and distrust, ultimately led to tragedy. The case has sparked conversations about domestic violence and the importance of seeking help in abusive relationships.

The Owoeye family, in their grief, has called for support from the Nigerian Government, lamenting the lack of outreach from officials. They have emphasized the importance of family unity and support in the children’s upbringing, seeking to fulfill Taiwo’s wish for her children’s well-being and academic advancement.

The tragic end to the Abodunde’s marriage serves as a sobering reminder of the destructive impact of domestic discord and the importance of seeking help in abusive relationships.



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