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A DELTA State High Court
sitting at Ozoro has sentenced
a 38 year old farmer, Francis
Williams, to death by hanging
for robbing his victims of a
Nokia handset valued at N5,000
and a cash of N170.
The court presided over by
Justice A.O. Akpovi sentenced
the 38-year-old farmer to death,
having found him guilty of
the charge of armed robbery
punishable under section (1(2)
(a) of the robbery and firearms
(Special Provision) Act Cap
RII Volume 14 Laws of the
Federation , 2004.
The court also found the
accused guilty on the charge of
wounding with intent, which
got him a life sentence, and
illegal possession of firearms
with a sentence of 10 years
imprisonment respectively.
An assistant director in the
Ministry of Justice, T.R. Anuhwin
Esq, through prosecution
witnesses had told the court that
on June 4, 2014, at a Palm Kernel
Farm located at Ewu in Ughelli
South Local Government, the
accused robbed one Hon. Noah
Ovie and his assistant of a Nokia
handset valued at N5,000 and a
cash of N170 while armed with a
cut to size locally made gun.
Prosecution witnesses further
told the court that nemesis
however caught up with the
armed robber, who was on a
solo mission when he was in the
process of trying to rob them
of other valuables, as the two
victims summoned courage and
overpowered their assailant.
In his desperation to escape
after being apprehended, he
bit off one of the fingers of the
former councillor, Hon. Ovie,
but his escape bid was foiled
by passersby who rushed to the
scene and held him down and
later handed him over to the
The accused, who made
a voluntary confessional
statement to the police admitting
to have committed the offense
but retracted same during trial,
called no witness but testified
for himself while the prosecution
called four witnesses

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