High Court in Port Harcourt sentences two to death for murder

By Ifunanya Ndukwe

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has sentenced one Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell-Dike and one Ugochukwu Nwamiro to death by hanging without option of fine for the murder of an eight year old Chikamso Victory. The trail Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli in his judgement ruled that the second year student of the department of Physics at the University of Port Harcourt, Maxwell-Dike should be hanged on his nick until confirmed he is confirmed dead while Nwamiro should be hanged on his leg until he is dead.

The court also sentence Sergeant Johnbosco Okoronze who was found guilty of aiding and assisting the escape of Maxwell-Dike from police custody to one year imprisonment. Justice Enebeli relied his judgement against the second defendant, Nwamiro on the voluntary confessional statement made by the first defendant Maxwell-Dike who in his four statements maintained that he was asked to donate the little girl’s sensitive human organ for financial independence.

The court ruled that the prosecution proved his case beyond reasonable doubts while insisting that the counsel to the first defendant, Lezina Ameagoa in his first written address did not deny the fact that his client did not commit the offense of murder but said he did based on insenity. Speaking to newsmen out the courtroom, the state Prosecution Counsel, Chidi Eke described the judgment as landmark judgement that that brought about justice for the state, the family of late Chikamso Victory and the soul of the departed.

On his part, counsel to the Nwamiro, John Ndah expressed displeasure over the judgment and threatened to appeal it. While, Lezina Amegwa who is Counsel to Maxwell-Dike said he may not appeal the matter because of the circumstances in the judgment. Chikamso Victory was murdered with parts of her body, brutally cut-off including left side of the breast, fingers and her private part, on the 18th of August, 2017 by the now convinted Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell-Dike who was first apprehended by local Vigilante in Eliozu community in Obio-Akpor Local Government and handed over to Nigerian Police. Maxwell-Dike who escaped from police custody was rearrested in Jos, Pleatu state.

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