Hotelier Ramon Adedoyin, who is facing trial over the death of a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Timothy Adegoke, appeared at the Osun State High Court in Osogbo on Monday.
Justice Adepele Ojo, who is Osun State Chief Judge, had threatened in the last sitting on October 25 to transfer the case to another judge.
Justice Ojo also threatened that if Adedoyin fails to show up, she might release the other six defendants on bail.
Adedoyin and some of his staff are facing trial over the death of Adegoke at Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife.
The six others are Magdalene Chiefuna, Adeniyi Aderogba, Oluwole Florence, Oyetunde Kazeem, Adebayo Kunle and Adedeji Adesola.
On Monday, the prosecution counsel Femi Falana (SAN) was granted leave to amend his charges.
The 18 charges were read and Adedoyin pleaded not guilty to them along with the other six defendants.
Justice Ojo said she was eager to finish the case and ensure that justice took the centre stage, despite the rumour being peddled about the court’s proceedings.
“I am not desperate to jail anyone, but desperate to conclude the case with utmost dispatch.
“Also, I prefer to borrow money if I am in need than taking any bribe. I will never do that, as I’m contented.
“If there is anyone who collected any money on my behalf, the person should please return it,” she said.
The court adjourned till December 1 and 2 to allow amendment of charges by parties concerned in the trial.