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5 Sentenced To Dying By Hanging For Kidnap And Homicide Of Shell Employees In Rivers

Five Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Kidnap And Murder Of Shell Staff In Rivers

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5 To Die By Hanging For Kidnap And Homicide Of Shell Employees In Rivers

5 individuals have been sentenced to loss of life by hanging by a Rivers State Excessive Court docket sitting in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, August eight,  for kidnapping and murdering a Shell employees, named Anthony Okoro.

The 5 defendants out of seven individuals in swimsuit 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 have been convicted of the 10 fees most well-liked towards them by the Inspector Common 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 swimsuit, have been discharged and acquitted by the court docket.

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

The trial choose, Justice George Omereji, in his verdict yesterday, held that the prosecution proved its case that the primary to fourth and seventh defendants have 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, somewhat they unknowingly purchased telephones belonging to the sufferer.

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The choose additionally held that the prosecution proved the case of conspiracy towards 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 loss of life of the sufferer was attributable to the convicts,” the choose stated.

The trial choose additionally famous that the prosecution additionally proved that the loss of life of the sufferer was attributable to the suspects, regretting that Anthony Okoro was shot on his arm and brought away along with his vehicles and different valuables by the suspects.

Omereji, who primarily based his ruling on Part 410 of the Administration of Felony Justice 2011, sentenced the 5 convicted individuals to loss of life 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 accomplished. He stated the decision would function deterrent to others concerned in legal actions.

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