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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 22 December 2021


Man, friend jailed 12 years for attacking ex-wife with machete in Ekiti

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An Ekiti State Chief Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a man, Emmanuel Samson, and his friend, Lucky Obere, to six years’ imprisonment each for attacking and inflicting machete injuries on his former wife, Mrs Alice Samson.

Emmanuel and Lucky were tried and found guilty on two counts bordering on conspiracy and assault occasioning harm.

The charges read in part, “Lucky Obere and Emmanuel Samson on 19th November, 2021 in Ilawe Ekiti, conspired to attack one Alice Samson by stabbing her with a knife in the head, arm and other parts of the body, contrary to sections 516 (A) and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap. C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.”

In her testimony before the court, Alice said, “Emmanuel Samson is my former husband and we have five children together. I and my son were on our way on a tricycle to Ipetu Ijesa to see my mother when we saw Lucky Obere chasing the tricycle with a Bajaj motorcycle.

“Lucky Obere caught up with us along Igbara-Odo, Ekiti Road, and ran after my son who rode the tricycle to the bush. While shouting for help, I saw my former husband emanating from the bush; he started beating me. In the process, he stabbed me with a knife in the head, arm and other parts of the body in the presence of Lucky Obere.”

The police prosecutor, Inspector Morountonu Adegboyega, called three witnesses and tendered statements, among others, as exhibits.

The defendants, who spoke through their counsel, called no witness.

In the court judgment, the two defendants were found guilty as charged.

The Chief Magistrate, Olufemi Ayedun, said, “I hold that the prosecution has been able to establish that the two defendants conspired to carry out the attack on Alice Samson. Accordingly, the two defendants are found guilty as charged.

“On count one, they are sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each. On count two, they are equally sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each without the option of a fine. The sentences are to run concurrently.”