Domestic Violence Victim, Ronke Shonde died from severe brain injury – LUTH

Domestic violence is one of the horrible things that could happen to anyone.

The victim is usually weaker than the perpetrator and if the victim doesn’t have a form of defense, it could lead to death. Such is the case of Ronke Shonde, who was allegedly murdered by her husband, Lekan.

She reportedly died from severe brain injury, according to Dr S.S. Soyele, a pathologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja who conducted an autopsy on the late Mrs Shonde.

Dr. Soyele testified on Tuesday at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja. 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.

Soyele also said Ronke’s autopsy revealed that she had suffered past injuries to her brain. 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.
Recall that the late Ronke Shonde was allegedly beaten to death by his 51-year-old husband Lekan at their home in the Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos state on allegations of infidelity.

He surrendered himself to the police after days in hiding and claimed that he only slapped the deceased during a disagreement on the night of the incident.

He accused Ronke of sleeping with one Kayode, the general manager of a publishing company. 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 their residence, 3, Tiamo Street, Egbeda, Lagos.

The men of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CID) of Lagos state police command, Panti-Yaba, charged the alleged wife killer with murder, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ebute-Metta. The matter was adjourned till October 24 for trial.


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