Domestic worker to hang for killing employer, daughter
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Domestic worker to hang for killing employer, daughter

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay delivered the judgment after she found the convict guilty of a three-count charge of armed robbery and murder.

Ogbu strangulated Adejoke and stabbed her pregnant daughter to death on June 19, 2019.

The convict also robbed the octogenarian of her Toyota Camry Saloon car with number plate, FST 104 CW, LG plasma TV, motorway handset, one Gionee handset, one Nokia phone, one i-Tel phone and one power bank.

The prosecutor said the incident happened on at No 4, Ogunlana Drive by 9.30 a.m. in the Surulere area of Lagos.

In her judgment, the trial judge, Nicole-Clay, held that Ogbu confessed to the crime.

”He killed one Adejoke by strangling her, and one Oreoluwa by stabbing her to death.

”I have considered the evidence of the security guard, an Okada man, one Yahya Ibrahim, the house help and a policeman,” the judge said.

Nicole-Clay said the convict admitted to living with the deceased mother and daughter.

The convict also admitted that he was the only witness of the incident.

She stated that the defendant did not raise an objection to the admissibility of the confessional statement.

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”There’s no doubt that the defendant confessed to the crimes,” Nicole-Clay said.

According to the judge, the defendant could not give an explanation of what he was doing with all the stolen items.

He was found with the items around 2.00 a.m. on the day he was arrested.

”The evidence is shown to the satisfaction of this court.

”And the court has established guilt against the defendant.

”He is hereby guilty as charged,” Nicole-Clay said.

In his response, the convict, who spoke in Pidgin English said ”the mama no die for my presence. I beg for mercy”.

The defence counsel, Moses Enema, told the court that the convict was a first-time offender, a son to a young widow, largely dependent on this son.

“In the course of the trial, my lord, the defendant was very remorseful.

”It indicates that he is willing to turn on a new leave.

”We do pray the court to temper justice with mercy.”

The offences contravened Sections 222 and 297 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Ogbu pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Nicole-Clay, however, found him guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging.

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