Man jailed 20 years for patricide

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JETHRO IBILEKE/Warri

A Nigerian Court in Delta State, has sentenced a 20 year-old man Opukeme George to 25 years in jail for killing his own father, Kosine.

Both lived in Tuomo Town of Bomadi, also in Delta state.

The court in Bomadi presided over by Justice M.O. Omovie found Opukeme guilty of the manslaughter charge preferred against him.

Opukeme had in his confessional statement before the Court during trial, admitted that he accused his late father of stealing his fish. He further stated that it was his father who attacked first with a cutlass.

The convict further admitted that he overpowered his father in self defence and thereafter inflicted several machete cuts on his head and other parts of his body which led to his instant death.

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Justice Omovie found Opukeme guilty of all the counts preferred against him and thus sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment.

In another case, a 31 year-old commercial bus driver, Ndubuisi Onwe, has been sentenced to 50 years imprisonment with hard labour for armed robbery.

Onwe who hails from Ebonyi State, was found guilty of the two-charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery preferred against him by the prosecution.

According to prosecution, the convict had on December 14, 2011, in the company of others now at large, at the Onitsha Bridge Head, within Asaba Judicial Division, robbed one Emeka Obidor of a Mitsubishi L-300 mini bus with registration number XD 129 WER at gunpoint.

The bus which belonged to one Morah Chinedu, was later found in the possession of the convict at 1 Nwachukwa Duluozor Street, Idemili in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State after five days.

The Court which held that the offence was punishable under section 1(2)a of the Robber and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R.II Volume 14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, thereafter sentenced the accused to 25 years each on both counts which would run concurrently.