Man Gets Death Sentence For Stabbing Neighbour To Death


One Sunday Ilawe has been sentenced to death by hanging for stabbing his neighbour, Blessing Ehigie, to death, by a High Court sitting in Abudu in the Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State.

October 13, 2004 was the day the gruesome murder happened at Egua-Evbu Village, when Ilawe stabbed Ehigie with a knife.

Ilawe had earlier pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of murder.

The judge, Justice Uro Erameh, however, found the convict guilty of stabbing Ehigie in the neck and stomach which led to his death, after the five witnesses called by the Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Stella Okojie, proved their case against the convict as required by law.

He also held that the convict was arrested at the scene of crime while still holding the knife he used in committing the offence.

Erameh emphasised that Ilawe also made confessional statement to the police, adding that the statement alone was enough to send the convict to the gallows.

He said that the defence counsel failed to prove that the convict had mental problem before committing the murder.


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