27th April, 2012
Jim Zaccheus, the 27-year old security guard who allegedly killed his girlfriend, Miss Peace Mathias and buried her corpse in shallow grave in his room at Elechi Beach Waterfront, Mile One, Diobu in Port Harcourt, southsouth Nigeria, said he killed her over abortion money and blamed the devil for his action.
Zaccheus was arraigned before Mrs. D.N. Wanjoku, who ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody for lack of jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court to adjudicate on matter.
The magistrate said since the court lacked the legal powers to hear the case, the suspect could approach the High Court for bail.
She subsequently adjourned the case till 30 May for the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP’s advice on the case.
Sources said the suspect had told his interrogators that trouble started when he could not provide an undisclosed amount of money to procure an abortion of her deceased girlfriend’s three-month old pregnancy.
According to police sources, Zaccheus allegedly confessed that when he court provide the needed funds for the abortion, his deceased lover decided to procure a loan which he would pay later.
However, the suspect reneged on his promise after the abortion was procured successfully by the late girlfriend. But the late lover visited his house at Elechi Beach demand the refund of at least a part of the total money spent on abortion.
He allegedly said in his statement to the police that all attempts to persuade his deceased girlfriend to see reason that he was yet to receive his first salary from the security company where he worked fell on deaf ears.
He said “a quarrel ensued and it resulted in a brawl which made me push her and she hit her head on the wall of my room and slumped.
“When I discovered that she had stopped breathing, I escaped and out of fear, I slept in my friend’s place.
“When I came back the next morning, I found out that she was still lifeless. I became confused and decided to dig a shallow grave and bury her and later went back to my friend’s house.”
Zaccheus in his statement blamed the devil for his action and pleaded for leniency.
—Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt