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Nigerian father-of-three beats wife to death in UK


Nigerian father-of-three beats wife to death in UK

An abusive husband brutally beat his wife to death with their son’s skateboard while UK police waited outside for permission to enter from their superiors. The couple, who had three children, arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 2022.

The tragic incident unfolded despite bail conditions banning him from the property following a previous violent episode.

According to Daily Mail, officers heard disturbing noises emanating from the house where Olubunmi Abodunde had entered, yet they waited for 25 minutes before finally gaining entry. Inside, they found Taiwo Abodunde, 41, with her skull severely injured.

Abodunde, 48, who had a history of domestic violence and had been repeatedly investigated by Suffolk Police was arrested in November 2023 for murdering his wife.

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He changed his plea to guilty after initially being charged with murder. The judge warned him that the only possible sentence was life imprisonment.

Abodunde’s jealousy and suspicion had led to accusations of his wife having affairs, resulting in numerous police investigations into domestic violence incidents.

Despite bail conditions, he returned to the marital home, leading to the tragic events that unfolded.

During the trial, it was revealed that Mrs. Abodunde had been subjected to sustained violence, ultimately resulting in her death. The attack was so severe that the skateboard used as a weapon was damaged.

After his arrest for the murder, Abodunde was taken to hospital ‘because he appeared to have some sort of mental episode’.

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He later claimed in a statement to police he had acted in self-defence, saying: “My wife has subjected me to physical abuse for a number of years.”

“On November 28, we got into an argument. She ran at me with a knife, I grabbed the knife and cut my hand. I was defending myself.”

But the court heard while he did have an injury to his hand, there wasn’t a knife near his wife’s body.

Nneka Akudolu KC, defending, said the level of violence was “completely out of character” for her client and might have been affected by medication he was taking. But she said no medical evidence would be provided to support this claim.

Detective Inspector Dan Connick, of Suffolk Police, said after the hearing: “This was an awful attack on a woman that has had a lasting impact on the community and, most importantly, on the victim’s family.”

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“We are pleased that Taiwo’s family will no longer have to go through the pain of a trial.”

“Our thoughts remain with Taiwo’s family and friends and hope this result will bring some small comfort to them.”

Detective Inspector Dan Connick of Suffolk Police expressed condolences to the victim’s family and highlighted the lasting impact of the tragedy on the community. Abodunde was remanded in custody pending sentencing on May 9.

Taiwo Abodunde, a care home assistant, was described as a beloved member of her workplace community, deeply mourned by colleagues and residents alike.