AN Anambra High Court located in Ihiala and presided over by Justice Okey Onunkwo, has sentenced to death two men for stealing a lady’s handbag, telephone etc.
The Judge said there were adequate evidence to convict the two men, Ikenna Obi and Osadebe Ezeh who, on 2nd February allegedly stole a mobile phone, a handbag and N10,000 cash belonging to Miss Chinonye Ogujiuba of Eziama Uli.
It was clear that the Nokia phone was valued at N15,500 while the hand bag was predicted to be N2500.
Anene Maduka who was the third accused with other suspects was though discharged and acquitted for lack of evidence.
The identity of Maduka, who was the first defendant in the case, was made a matter in the trial and the court decided that he was not properly identified even though the victim gave evidence that he was waiting for them on his commercial motorcycle while the robbery was taking place.
In their submissions, the defense counsel, Calistus Ohanusi and Enright Okilie, had argued that the burden of proof on criminal matters rested on the prosecution who they said did not prove that their clients robbed, or took part in robbing the victim, maintaining that there was no enough evidence to convict them.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Onunkwo, said there was no sufficient evidence against the first defendant (Maduka). “There were eye witness evidence against the convicts as the victim had raised alarm after the robbery, leading to the arrest of the culprits at Umudimogo Ihiala and handed over to the police”, the Judge said. Justice Onunkwo subsequently sentenced them to death by hanging or firing squad.