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Native doctor hands murder suspect for prosecution

A native doctor known as Ajana-Oyibo, reported Chukwuebuka Nneji-Olona to the local vigilante operatives, who arrested the defendant and handed him over to the Divisional…

A native doctor known as Ajana-Oyibo, reported Chukwuebuka Nneji-Olona to the local vigilante operatives, who arrested the defendant and handed him over to the Divisional Police Station at Nteje for investigation and persecution.

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This was after the accused ran to him for charms that would free him from the guilt of killing the deceased which was disturbing him.

The trial judge, Justice Dilibe O.C Amaechina found that the case of the prosecution fell within section 8 of the Criminal Code Act and Section 5 of the Criminal Code Law of Anambra State, which states that “when two or more persons form a common intention to prosecute an unlawful purpose in conjunction with one another, and in the prosecution of such purpose an offence is committed of such a nature that its commission was a probable consequence of the prosecution of such purpose, each of them is deemed to have committed the offence”.

“After considering all the evidence before me, I am left in no reasonable doubt as to the facts put forward by the state. I accordingly hold that the facts alleged by the state have been established beyond reasonable doubt” he said.

Justice D.O.C Amaechina therefore held the accused liable of unlawfully killing the deceased and found him guilty as charged and  sentenced him to death by hanging.

Reacting to the judgement, the prosecuting counsel from the State Department of Public Prosecution DPP, Mrs Stella Ofokansi said this should serve as a deterrent to the entire citizenry, as anyone that engages in jungle justice would be apprehended, prosecuted and punished according to the law.

“The state was able to proof their case beyond every reasonable doubt, and the judge delivered his judgement based one evidence before him. I hope people would learn that they can not engage in unlawful mob action and get away with it” Ofokansi said

All efforts to reach the defence lawyer, Mr Nnamdi Otukwu proofed abortive as he was not available for comment.

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