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Court Sentence Two Persons to Death for killing Sex Worker in Onitsha

A High Court sitting in Onitsha, Anambra State on Wednesday sentenced two persons, Valentine Umezinwa and Emeka Okolonji to death over the murder of a sex worker, Blessing Eze.

Delivering judgement, Justice D.A. Onyefulu said he listened to the cross examination by the state counsel, N. S. Emeka and the response from the prison officials who testified of the good conduct of the accused during their period in correctional facilities,  as well as mother of Emeka Okolonji who wept bitterly in court, lamenting that her son had been nursing the ambition to study abroad, but that justice must be done.

The judge said, “The Counsel have not shown enough reason why justice should be tampered with mercy”.

The Judge had earlier rejected the plea by their Counsel on the grounds that the crime was commuted as a result of youthful exuberance, arguing that if that should be allowed to stand, it will amount to given youths a license to violence.

Justice Onyefulu informed the Counsel to the suspects that they still have an  option of appeal or go through the committee of prerogative of mercy, stressing that the governor had the final say on the matter.

Reacting to the judgement, the prosecuting counsel, N. S. Emeka, said justice had been done to the deceased, to the state and to the convicts, stressing that the convicts had the right to appeal.

The defence Counsel, C. C. Okeke said they received the judgment with open heart, but would approach the committee for the prerogative of mercy, and would also appeal on the judgment.

It was gathered that the convicts were accused of murdering one Blessing Eze, a sex worker who they lured, murdered and dumped the corpse at the popular DMGS junction in Onitsha.