Labourer gets life sentence for manslaughter

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By Moji Eniola

Lagos – A Court in Lagos Wednesday sentenced a labourer, Chinedu Alli to life imprisonment for killing another construction worker during a fight at a construction site at Aja, Lagos.

Delivering , Justice Modupe Nicol-Clay, held that the prosecution had proved its case the elements of the offence of manslaughter and that strong circumstantial evidence was presented in court.

Finding him guilty of the one-count charge of manslaughter proffered against him, the noted that the defendant in his statement to the police had also admitted hitting the deceased the head a stick during a fight.

“I have listened to the allocutus of the learned counsel to the defendant, Mr Bashua, it is trite that justice is only just for the defendant but also for the deceased lying alone in his grave.

“Justice is a double edged sword where mandatory sentence is prescribed by the law and in this instant case; the court cannot impose a lesser sentence.

“I hereby sentence the defendant to life imprisonment as provided by Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,” the said.

Earlier before the sentence was delivered, the defence counsel, Mr I.O. Bashua in his allocutus (plea for mercy) had asked the court to temper justice mercy.

“The defendant did have the intention of killing the deceased, I pray the court be magnanimous in sentencing the defendant,” he said.

According to the prosecution led by Ms Adeshola Adekunle, the Aug. 13, 2015, Monday Nwoye during a fight at Ikota Villa Estate, Ajah, Lagos when he hit the deceased on his head with a stick.

NAN that during the trial, three witnesses – the brother of the decease, Mr Moses Nwoye and two police officers testified for the prosecution while Alli testified solely in his defence.

Alli in his testimony had told the court that the deceased had the habit of calling him a “bastard” and on the day of the incident, the deceased had called the defendant the slur and he had attacked the defendant.

He admitted to hitting the deceased on the head with a stick.

Nwoye sustained a head injury and due to the severity of the injury, he took the deceased to a pharmacy for by the defendant.

He claimed that he spent N3,400 to treat Nwoye and was informed by authorities that he died in the hospital on Aug. 19, 2015 the injuries he sustained.