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Chrisland School: Court fixes  April 4 for inquest hearing


Chrisland School: Court fixes  April 4 for inquest hearing

By Halima Abdulkadiri 

The coroner  Inquest to ascertain the cause of death of a 12-year-old Chrisland School pupil, Whitney Adeniran, who died on Feb. 9, has  fixed  April 4 for hearing to commence.

Magistrate Olabisi Fajana fixed the date after entertaining submissions of all counsels, who appeared before the court sitting in Ikeja Magistrates ‘Court.

However, counsel to the deceased family, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, had informed the court that they were unable to file a witness statement as instructed by the court at the last adjourned date.

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Falana told the court that the Magistrate Registry refused to process the enrolling of the witness statement on the grounds that there is no provision for filling of coroner processes.

The Counsel  for Chrisland School, Mr Olukayode Enitan, SAN, and the State counsel, Mr Akin George, also corroborated the position of Falana, seeking the court`s directives as to how to get their processes filed.

Falana informed the Counsels that she would get directives from the Chief Magistrate on how to ensure that the processes were filed before the Coroner.

Enitan informed the court that he has an application before it, seeking to get samples and materials to carry out an independent evaluation of the autopsy report.

In a counter-reaction, Falana who said that they have not been served, told the court that the autopsy of the deceased was done in the presence of the school representatives and other concerned parties.

However, the State counsel, George, told the court that what the state received was a letter, not an application, and the state would respond at the appropriate time.

Falana, thereafter, adjourned the commencement of trial until April 4 and advised all Counsels to ensure that their processes were filed and confirmed on April 3.

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