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Court sentences two to death for armed robbery, rape, murder in Delta



By  Onoriode Etatsemi

A Delta State High Court sitting at Ibusa and Presided over by Hon. Justice M.O. Omovie has convicted and sentenced two men, Mr. Ojerbo Solomon and Mr. Ola Babatunde, to Death for Murder, Armed Robbery Rape and Murder offences

The prosecution, conducted by Mr. E.H. Edema had, through its five witnesses, led evidence to show that on the 8th of February 2016, the two Defendants, while armed with guns, cutlasses, and knives, broke into the house of the victims.

In the course of the armed robbery, the Defendants raped the victims and thereafter slit their throats. One of the victims, Mr. Praise Sunday, survived the attack, but his mother and Sister died from the attack.

After committing the attack, the two Defendants escaped on the victim’s motorcycle to Ewohimi in Edo State, from where they were later apprehended by the police.

In the course of the trial, the two Defendants gave evidence in their defence and denied the allegation in their testimony but called no witnesses.

Justice Omovie, in his judgement, stated that after carefully evaluating the evidence presented at the trial, he came to the conclusion that the prosecution had proved the case against the two Defendants beyond reasonable doubt, and accordingly convicted both defendants as charged. The two Defendants were sentenced to death by Hanging.

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