Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:45 am
A Delta State High Court sitting in Warri has sentenced two welders, Monday Godwin (27) and Ochuko Ego (33), to death by hanging for robbing one Mrs. Romelia Esangbedo of her Toyota Corolla Salon Car while armed with guns.
The convicted armed robbers said to be indigenes of Abraka and Eku respectively, were pronounced guilty by the trial Judge (name withheld) and sentenced for armed robbery.
They were also found guilty on the count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and the substantive offence of kidnapping and were sentenced to 5 and 8 years imprisonment each for both offences.
The Prosecuting Counsel from the Delta State Ministry of Justice had earlier told the Court that the accused persons with two others who’s names were given simply as Bestman and Couple, (still at large), on or about the 8th day of October, 2012 at Oha, within the Orerokpe Judicial Division, conspired amongst themselves and executed their act of conspiracy by robbing their victim while at her farm, of one Toyota Corolla Salon Car, belonging to her banker husband while armed with guns.
Prosecution also told the Court that after being robbed of her car, the armed bandits also held Mrs. Esangbedo hostage and demanded for an undisclosed amount from her husband before she would be released.
Prompt intervention of security operatives however led to her rescue the next day at Aghalokpe where the stolen vehicle was also recovered.
The trial Judge while delivering the death verdict, said prosecution was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt ingredients of the four count charge against the accused persons as evidence before the Court including their confessional statements was enough to secure convictions against the accused.