19 March 2019

Nigeria: Man Bags Death Sentence for Robbing, Attacking Own 90-Year-Old Mother With Machete

A Lagos State high court in Igbosere, on Monday, sentenced a man, Akeem Lawal, to death by hanging for attacking his 90-year-old mother, Taibat, with a machete.

Delivering judgment, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye also found the defendant guilty of attacking his step sister, Sherifat Olanipekun with a machete and a gun.

Lawal was arraigned on May 3, 2016, on two counts amended charge of conspiracy to robbery and armed robbery, preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

Justice Ipaye in her judgment said, "I find you guilty on both counts. You shall be hanged by the neck until you die. May the Lord have mercy on your soul".

While reading her judgment, the judge held that the prosecution was able to prove that the alleged robbery and armed robbery actually happened.

She added that the convict was one of the armed robbers who attacked the victims.

The judge said she had no reason to doubt the testimonies of the victims because they were eye witnesses to the incident and had a close opportunity to see the robbers.

After conviction, the convict's counsel, Mrs E. B. Obiogwu, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, adding that the convict had a son who depended on him.

Earlier, the prosecution led by Mr Akin George, said the incident occurred on Nov. 30, 2013, at 2.00a.m, at No.12, Lawal St., Akowonjo in Egbeda area of Lagos State.

George said that Lawal, along two others who were masked, broke down the front door of his step sister's room with an axe and robbed her.

He said the defendant also shot the step sister in the back and severed his aged-mother and left them to die.

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