By SundiataPOST, Abuja
“It is in the record before me that Victor Mgbeobuna contravened the NDLEA Act, having confessed to bringing into the country 1.6 kg heroine en route from Pakistan.
“The court does take judicial notice of the confessional statement of the offender and all other exhibits that tend to support the allegation.
“In view of the admission of the act by the accused person, the court finds him guilty as charged and convicted of the offence.
“In the circumstance, the accused person is sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.
“It is therefore ordered that the seized substance be returned to the NDLEA custody for destruction,’’ she said.
In a related development, Olotu sentenced Brazil-based Okechukwu Orieukwu to two years’ imprisonment for unlawful traffic in 250 kilo grammes of cocaine.
According to the judge, Orieukwu got a lower sentence because the court believed a syndicate coerced him into engaging in the act.
“I have read the confessional statement of the accused person as well as studied closely his oral testimony and seem to be convinced that Orieukwu was actually coerced and threatened by a group to commit the act.
“It is as the result of that his counsel, Mr J.O Kenkong, drew the attention of the court to Section 32 of the Criminal Code Act.”
“It is clear that you have shown physical remorse from the way you weep like a baby; nonetheless, you are found guilty of the offence.’’
The prosecutor, Mrs Sadatu Mark, told the court that the convict swallowed 18 raps of cocaine out of the 120 raps found in his possession.
“I therefore plead for mercy of the court to rely on Section 32 of the Criminal Code Act in sentencing him; maybe a caution or one year’ imprisonment to serve as deterrent,’’ he said.