A high court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state Thursday sentenced a man, Lucky to death by hanging for killing a woman simply identified as Chinyere inside a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital.
Lucky, who was said to have stabbed the woman to death, was also accused to stealing the deceased’s two year-old girl, earlier sold in Akwukabi Echie, River state.
The accused brought the deceased and her two-year-old child from Enugu state and they both lodged at Crown Garden Hotel, Abakaliki where he killed the woman with a knife allegedly provided for him by the hotel gateman, Monday Onwe after he collected N30, 000 to assist him (Godwin) in the act.
The lady’s decomposing body was found days after the murder that occurred in 2018.
The accused also attempted to murder a heavily pregnant woman, Chisom Ugwu by stabbing her in a bush behind Girls High School, Azuiyikowu in Abakaliki and also stole her two-year-old baby.
The incident occurred on 06/11/2018. Chisom Ugwu was found in coma in a bush behind Azuiyiokwu Girls High School close to Crown Garden Hotel where he stabbed the other lady to death.
Chisom Ugwu was stabbed in her neck, abdomen, and back and was bleeding profusely. She was however rescued by police operatives at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, for medical treatment.
Delivering judgment on the matter, the trial Judge, Justice Ihenanchor Chima sentenced Godwin to death by hanging and acquitted Monday Onwe whose involvement in the case was not ascertained.
Principal State Counsel, Mrs. Ijeoma Aja-Nwachukwu, hailed the judgment.