Court sentences man to death by hanging for killing his colleague in Kogi

Muritala Dare, a Nigerian man, was condemned to death by Justice Josiah Majebi of a high court in Kogi state after being found guilty of the murder of his colleague.

Dare was found guilty after stabbing a colleague to death with a broken bottle.

After analyzing the accused’s role in an event that occurred on August 16, 2020 in the Lokoja metropolis’ NUJ region, Justice Majebi declared him guilty of the crime.

The prosecutor called three witnesses and presented seven exhibits during the trial to prove that the defendant committed the crime. The defendant’s confessional statement, a coroner’s report, and a police postmortem examination report dated August 19, 2020 were among the exhibits.

The court held that the stated evidence of circumstances made it possible that the statement made by the defendant and contained in Exhibit P1 was “truly confessional”.

Delivering judgment, Justice Majebi ruled that the convict should die by hanging.

“Premised on the above findings, I hold that the prosecution has proved all the ingredients of the charge against the defendant and thereby raising the presumption of guilt against him in respect of the charge.

That you, Dare Murtala, is hereby sentenced to death for the offence of culpable homicide for which you are convicted. The sentence of this court upon you is that you will be hanged by the neck until you be dead, and may the Lord have mercy upon your soul”the judge said

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