Second suspect in Funso Williams’ murder trial collapsed at a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere on Wednesday, forcing Justice Adeniyi Adebajo to momentarily halt proceedings.
Besides, Justice Adebajo will on February 20 decide whether the prosecution can obtain fresh blood samples from those standing trial for the killing of Williams in 2006.
About 45 minutes into proceedings in the resumed trial of six suspects – Bulama Kolo, Musa Maina, David Cassidy, Tunani Sonani, Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie – charged with killing of the former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Musa Maina, the second suspect in the case, lost his balance in the dock and started crashing to the ground. He was, however, quickly caught before he hit the floor.
The ensuing confusion compelled Justice Adebajo to rise for about 10 minutes, while medical help was offered to save the suspect. When the medical team later arrived, the second suspect was supported out of the court into a waiting ambulance marked JJJ 704 AP belonging to the Lagos State Government.
Maina, who had an inhaler, was suspected to have suffered an asthmatic attack in the dock.
Meanwhile, Justice Adebajo has fixed February 20 for ruling on an application brought by the state to obtain fresh blood samples from suspects charged with the murder of Williams for forensic analysis. The analysis is with a view to establishing a nexus between the suspects and other forensic evidence obtained from the scene of the murder.
When the case came up for further hearing yesterday, the prosecution, led by E. I. Alakija from Lagos State Ministry of Justice, urged the court to grant an application to obtain fresh blood samples from the six suspects.