FOR allegedly robbing his victims of a mobile
telephone and N10, 000 cash while armed with a
gun, a 24-year-old man was on Monday sentenced
to death by hanging by a Delta High Court at
Akwukwu-Igbo, Oshimili North Local Council.
The convict, Vincent Okwekwu, was convicted of
the offence of conspiracy to commit armed
robbery, the substantive offence of armed
robbery, which was reduced to a lesser offence of robbery.
The young accused who looked dejected after the
judgment was, however, sentenced to death by
hanging for the offence of conspiracy while he
got 21 years jail term for each of the other two counts.
During the trial, prosecution from the
Department of Public Prosecutions had explained
that the unemployed robber had on or about
November 1, 2009 with two others now at large
broke into the flats of one Ofoyeju Peter and
Tietie Moses at Umueha quarters, Ibusa, also in
Oshimili North Local Council and robbed them of
cash amounting to N10, 000 and a telephone
handset while armed with a gun and a cutlass.
Nemesis caught up with them when his victims
raised the alarm that attracted members of the
vigilance group in the area that led to the arrest
convict, as he and the other gang members tried
to flee from the scene of the crime.
While Vincent was arrested, two other members
of the gang, now at large, escaped into a nearby
bush. Prosecution further told the Court that the
accused, who was later handed over to the Police,
admitted to have committed the crime in his voluntary statement but denied the charge as he
pleaded not guilty to all the three count charge.