A High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, February 18, sentenced a man to death by hanging for the murder of a delivery agent working with an online marketing store, Jumia, in March 2017.
The convict, Mr. Sodienye Mbatumukeke was arrested alongside his friends, Mr. Divine Excel Naabe as well as Miss Joy Eluwa over the murder of the agent, Chukwuma Eleje.
Eleje was said to have delivered expensive smartphones which they ordered online to the convict’s apartment before he was attacked and killed.
His body was recovered in a septic tank in the apartment on Ada-George Road in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on March 27, 2017.
The female suspect, Joy Eluwa, said to be the girlfriend of the convict was, however, released; while the two male suspects went on trial.
Four years after the presiding Judge, Justice I. P. Chigoezi-Igwe on Monday found Mr. Mbatumukeke guilty on two counts of murder and armed robbery, describing the murder as gruesome, likewise saying the sentence will serve as a deterrent to others.
However, Justice I. P. Chigoezi-Igwe discharged as well as acquitted the second defendant Divine Excel Naabe of murder and armed robbery.
He said the prosecution team did not present convincing evidence against the second defendant.
Items presented as evidence by the prosecution team in course of the trial included a bed sheet; a mortar and pestle; a marine rope; and also a hand glove; all stained with blood.