A 22-year old student of Delta State Polytechnic, Eguono Akpeghughu, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a Warri High Court in southern Nigeria, for armed robbery.
Akpeghughu who was found guilty on a two-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery, was said to have robbed his victim of cash and other valuables worth over N30, 000.
The offences are punishable under section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R 11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The court held that the prosecution proved essential ingredients of armed robbery against the accused beyond all reasonable doubt from the totality of evidence presented before the court.
The court further held that prosecution was able to pin the accused to the scene of crime from the evidence of Prosecution Witness 1, the testimony of a witness who assisted in arresting the accused as well of his confessional statement and other exhibits recovered from him including the wrist watch of the victim which were all tendered and admitted in evidence by the court.
The court heard that the convict with others now at large, on 4 January 2008, had attacked George Ogbemudia at Bazunu junction, Warri and robbed him of his wrist watch worth N1,200, a necklace worth N7,000, Sony Ericsson handset worth N26,000 and N2,000 cash.
The accused was arrested with the help of a passerby when the victim summoned up courage and grabbed the accused as he made to escape with his loot and raised alarm while his other gang members escaped.
It was later discovered that the accused, suspected to be a member of an armed gang terrorising the neighbourhood especially pedestrians, lives a stone’s throw from the scene of crime.
He was later handed over to the police where he voluntarily made a confessional statement admitting to the crime.
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