By Ibrahim Oyewale
A Lokoja High Court has sentenced a middle-aged man, Danladi Ichado to death by hanging for allegedly stabbing two women, Rabiyetu Yusufu and Jemila Yakubu to death.
Justice Nicodemus Awulu of Kogi State High Court 5 while delivering his judgement passed the sentence in a case of Culpable Homicide brought against the convict.
Awulu held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was presumed to have intended to kill the women based on the weapon he used.
The jurist held that the evidence of Rekiya Rilwan (PW1), who was an eyewitness at the scene of crime had fixed the defendant and demolished his alibi.
Awulu therefore, convicted the defendant and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Earlier in the case, the prosecution led by Inedu Opaluwa, Senior Legal Officer with the state Ministry of Justice had told the court that Danladi Ichado of Odogomu, Ankpa Local Government Area of the state committed the alleged offence on June 6, 2020.
Charged with Culpable Homicide Contrary to Section 221(a) of the Penal Code, Ichado was said to have on 6th of June 2020 at Oko-Ojuwo, Ogaji in Ankpa, caused the death of the women by stabbing them with a short cutlass on the head and in the chest.
Opaluwa called six witnesses and tendered four exhibits while the defendant called one witness and gave evidence in his defence.
The prosecution alleged that the convict attacked the women with lethal weapon and therefore, urged the court to hold that he intended to kill the women based on the weapon he used.