Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
TWO persons, Mr Theophilus Nwachukwu and Mr Christopher Emeka Okoli, have been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on five court charges of conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and illegal possession.
The judgement was delivered on June 6 at the Effurun High Court 2, in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria, presided over by Justice R Harriman.
According to the nominal complainants, Mr Gabriel Adoghe and his wife, the defendants robbed them of her wife’s Honda car at gun-point.
They revealed further that they (the defendants,) ran out of luck when they met a police check-point at Aladja, where the police arrested them with Mr Adoghe still in the booth of the car.
The prosecution called the two victims and three policemen as witnesses where the defendants testified in their defence but did not call any witness.
Delivering her judgement after a careful examination of available evidence, Justice R Harriman held that the prosecution had proved all the offences preferred against the defendants beyond reasonable doubt.
The Prosecution Counsel, Theophilus E. Omenuwoma Esq., an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Justice, held that he was satisfied with the judgement, but, however, advised that youths in the country should shun crime and engage in meaningful ventures that will give them peaceful money.
He told them to be patient in life and, as well, work hard to achieve success and never to get involved in any form of criminalities that could cut short their life span.
Mr Omenuwoma stated that the defendants were charged to court on five-count charges bordering on Count 1, Conspiracy that gave them seven years imprisonment, Count 2, kidnapping, 10 years imprisonment, Count 3/4 armed robbery, to death by hanging while Count 5, illegal possession which earned them 10 years imprisonment, respectively.