An FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja, on Wednesday, sentenced a 38-year-old man, Eric Chigbor, to death by hanging for beating his wife to death.
Justice Charles Agbaza, who found Chigbor guilty of killing his wife, Jessica , rejected the defendant’s plea of not guilty.
Agbaza in his judgment held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
He said, “In the circumstances, the court finds the defendant guilty of the charge of causing the death of Jessica, on Feb. 3, 2015.
”He is accordingly convicted. Before the court pronounces sentence on the defendant, and noting the plea of the defence counsel and the response of the prosecution counsel, note that the plea of allocutus has no place here, in view of the mandatory nature of the sentence provided under the law, which the defendant is charge, having been found guilty.
“Consequently, with the mandatory position of the law as provided by section 221 of the penal code law.
“In the light of the above, the punishment for the offence of culpable homicide which the defendant has been convicted of is hereby sentenced to death.
“This will serve as a deterrent to others because of the rising wave of either wife or husband beating resulting to death in our society.
“The court does not have discretion to impose any other punishment, much as it may, the law must be fulfilled at all times and in all situations.
“The defendant having been convicted for the offence of culpable homicide under Section 221 of the penal code as charge is sentenced to death, the sentence of the court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul,”.
The judge, however, informed the convict that he had right of appeal to the Appeal Court within 30 days.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria,NAN, the convict, who resided with his deceased wife at No 10 off Sabongari Road, Bwari Abuja took his wife’s corpse to the hospital in the early hours of Feb. 3, 2015 and told the Mortician that the deceased committed suicide by drinking Sniper Pesticide.
However, the convict’s neighbours informed the Police he was constantly beating his wife and the mortician also testified that there were bruises to the victim’s face and other parts of her body when she brought to the hospital.
The convict, a bakery worker, had admitted during examination that he used to quarrel with his wife, a Corp member at the time, but had never laid his hands on her.