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Two men sentenced to death by hanging for killing their uncle over landed property in Akwa Ibom

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Two men sentenced to death by hanging for killing their uncle over landed property in Akwa Ibom

The Excessive Courtroom presided over by Justice Okon Okon has sentenced two males, Joseph Etim and Christopher Macaulay, to demise by hanging for killing their uncle, Imo Edet, over landed property.

 

The third accused particular person, Imeobong Edet, who reportedly despatched them to commit the crime, died in detention, and his title was struck out of the case.

 

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Etim and Macaulay, who hailed from Akpautong and Obio Aduang, respectively, each within the Ibesikpo Asutan Native Authorities Space of the state, have been sentenced on Wednesday.

 

Delivering judgement within the case, Justice Okon stated the courtroom discovered the accused individuals responsible of homicide, punishable by demise beneath Part 326 (1) of the Legal Code, Cap. 38, Vol. 2, Legal guidelines of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.

 

He stated the convicts confessed that an elder brother of the deceased contracted them to kill him for refusing to provide him (Imeobong) their late father’s landed property.

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The convicts stated Imeobong promised them a part of the property ought to they kill his brother, a deal they efficiently carried out on November 19, 2016.

 

The courtroom held that there was “admissible proof that the sufferer died instantaneously following an assault by the accused, who inflicted machete cuts on his head and slit his throat with a knife.”

 

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Justice Okon, who described the killing as gory and ugly, stated the act was “deliberate and intentional.”

 

He famous that the proof of the prosecution, together with the assertion by the spouse and son of the deceased and the confession of the accused individuals, glad the important components of homicide.

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The choose stated an accused particular person may very well be convicted solely on the premise of his confessional assertion confirmed by the satisfaction of the courtroom.

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“The sentence of this courtroom upon you, Joseph Usen Etim and Christopher Sunday Macaulay, is that every of you, be hanged by the neck till you be useless. Could God have mercy in your souls,” Justice Okon added.

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