An Abuja High Court has sentenced a soldier, Lance Corporal Oge Etudo to die by hanging after he was found guilty of rape and culpable homicide. The 30 years old convicted soldier was said to have on March 27, 2014, at Dei-Dei suburb of the FCT, abducted, stabbed and molested a married woman identified as Binta Usman Kadede to death inside the bush. The randy soldier was previously attached to a battalion of the Nigerian Army at Lungi Barracks in Abuja.
Trial Justice A.S. Adepoju who declined plea of allocutus by the defence lawyer, stressed that pictorial evidence adduced before the court showed that the defendant gruesomely murdered his victim.
“I will not also show mercy to him”, the Judge who was almost moved to tears declared.
Consequently, the court convicted the defendant on a two-count criminal charge that was entered against him by FCT commissioner of police.
The defendant had earlier pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
He equally entered a no-case-submission after the prosecution closed its case after it called four witnesses and tendered 21 exhibits.
Following the dismissal of his no-case-submission, the accused soldier decided to testify for himself, maintaining that he was innocent of the charge.
While denying knowledge of the crime, the defendant who was earlier dismissed from the Army, told the court that although he was at Dei-Dei on the date of the incident, he said he was only there to see a friend called Igwe to discuss his wedding plans with him.
After evaluating the evidence and exhibits placed before her, Justice Adepoju held that the prosecution successfully proved its case against the accused person.
The court held that the prosecution established the required ingredients of the case of rape under section 83 of Panel Code.
“The accused is hereby convicted of the offence of rape.
“The accused person is hereby sentenced to death by hanging for the offence of culpable homicide under section 221 of the Panel Code. He is to pay the supreme price for his callousness and his ungodliness. He has shown no mercy by slaying the victim, I have no mercy for him as well. On the charge of rape, the accused is sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour. The terms are to run concurrently”, Justice Adepoju held.
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