NIGERIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
July 21, 2012: In Nigeria, Chukwutem Eke, a farmer in Delta State, has been sentenced to death by hanging for beheading a 15-year old boy for rituals.
During his trial before the Ogwashi-Uku High Court in the state, Chukwutem alleged that he was contracted by the pastor of a certain white garment church to commit the act.
The prosecution, led by F. Enenmo, had told the court that the suspect attacked the deceased and his sister, Ossai Onuwa, with a cutlass while they were weeding their fatherâ€™s farm on November 30, 2008, adding that the sister succeeded in escaping but the boy was overpowered and beheaded.
The convict had, in a confessional statement, admitted committing the offence, saying that he was contracted by a pastor of a certain white garment church with a promise of N20,000.
He had also taken police detectives to a place where the severed head of the boy was recovered, but during trial he denied the confessional statement.
Delivering her judgement, Justice Theresa Diai said, â€śHaving found Chukwutem Eke guilty for the murder of Chukwudi Ossai, I hereby sentence you to death that you be hung by the neck until you be dead. May God have mercy on your soul.â€ť
She said that the prosecution successfully established the ingredients of murder against Chukwutem Eke. (Sources: DailyTimes NG, 21/07/2012)