A Delta State High Court sitting in Warri has sentenced two armed robbers: 27 year-old-Monday Godwin and 33-year-old Ochuko Ego to death by hanging for robbing a banker’s wife of her Toyota Corolla Salon Car at gun point.
The convicted robbers said to be indigenes of Abraka and Eku respectively and welders by profession were pronounced guilty by the trial judge (name withheld) and sentenced to death by hanging for the offence.
The court also found them guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and the substantive offence of kidnapping and were sentenced to five and eight year’s imprisonment each for both offences.
The prosecuting counsel from Delta State Ministry of Justice had told the court that the two accused persons with two others identified as Bestman and couple, still at large, on or around October 8, 2012 at Ohio within the Orerokpe Judicial Division, conspired amongst themselves and executed the act by robbing one Mrs Romelia Esangbedo while on her farm of one Toyota Corolla Salon Car belonging to her banker’s husband on gun point.
He told the court that after being robbed of her car, the armed bandits also held Mrs Esangbedo hostage and demanded for an undisclosed amount from her husband before she was could be released.
She was, however, rescued the next day from Aghalokpe where the stolen vehicle was also recovered through the prompt intervention of security agents.
The court, while delivering its death verdict, said prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt ingredients of the four count charge against the accused persons as evidence before the court including their confessional statements to secure convictions against the accused.