Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:38 pm
By Jethro Ibileke/Asaba
A Delta State High Court sitting at Asaba Tuesday sentenced one Lucky Anyali, to death by hanging for murder.
The 26-years-old builder was convicted on a one-count charge of murder, punishable under Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap C. 21 Volume 1, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.
According to the Prosecution, on or about the 18th day of February, 2014, at Ogwashi-Uku, within the Ogwash-Uku Judicial Division, Anyali murdered one Emeka Ashibuogwu by stabbing him in the chest region with a kitchen knife.
The deceased who reportedly died at the Ogwashi Uku General Hospital where he was rushed to, was said to have had a scuffle with his assailant when he went to see his estranged wife who had a three year old daughter for him.
It was alleged that the condemned murderer was having an affair with the estranged wife of the deceased.
The story had it that Lucky became furious on sighting Emeka that night who reportedly visited to see his three year-old daughter who was said to be ill.
After committing the offence, the accused fled the scene of crime that night but was later arrested by youths of the area the next morning. They handed him over to the Police at Ogwash-Uku where he admitted in his voluntary statement to have committed the offence. According to him, he did this in self-defense, a position he maintained during trial but which was dismissed by the Court which sentenced to death by hanging for murder.