In News by stephen abiodun on the 09th, September, 2020

5 Individuals To Die By Hanging For Kidnapping And Murdering A Shell Employees In Rivers

5 persons to die by hanging

Rivers State Excessive Court docket sitting in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, August eight, sentenced 5 individuals to demise by hanging for kidnapping and murdering a Shell workers, named Anthony Okoro.

The 5 defendants out of seven individuals in go well with quantity PHC/324/2017, are Oluchi Charles (1st defendant), Miracle Anumuna (2nd defendant), Ifeanyi Simon (third defendant), Koko Basset (4th defendant) and Uchenna Stanley Amaechi (seventh defendant).

They had been convicted of the 10 expenses most well-liked in opposition to them by the Inspector Basic of Police bordering on conspiracy, stealing, armed theft, kidnapping and homicide.

Chukwudi Etete (fifth defendant) and Anthony Ugwu (sixth defendant), the remaining two individuals talked about within the go well with, had been discharged and acquitted by the court docket.

The suspects had on  Might 29, 2016, attacked the house of 1 Anthony Okoro, a workers of Shell Petroleum Growth Firm, in Woji space of Port Harcourt. The suspects reportedly shot the sufferer and carried his physique away together with his Vary Rover SUV. The deceased’s Kia Optima automobile, tv units, infinix cellphone and different valuables had been additionally taken away by the suspects.

The trial decide, Justice George Omereji, in his verdict yesterday, held that the prosecution proved its case that the primary to fourth and seventh defendants had been as responsible as charged. Omereji, in discharging and acquitting the fifth and sixth defendants, said that the prosecution couldn’t show that that they had information of the crime, moderately they unknowingly purchased telephones belonging to the sufferer.

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The decide additionally held that the prosecution proved the case of conspiracy in opposition to the convicts.

“It was confirmed that the convicts had met at Genesis space of Woji in Port Harcourt and deliberate the kidnap of Okoro and the demise of the sufferer was brought on by the convicts,” the decide stated.

The trial decide additionally famous that the prosecution additionally proved that the demise of the sufferer was brought on by the suspects, regretting that Anthony Okoro was shot on his arm and brought away together with his automobiles and different valuables by the suspects.

Omereji, who based mostly his ruling on Part 410 of the Administration of Prison Justice 2011, sentenced the 5 convicted individuals to demise by hanging, including that they need to be held on the rope until they’re confirmed useless.

The prosecution counsel, I. Ubulom, described it as justice executed. He stated the decision would function deterrent to others concerned in felony actions.

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