Two robbers by names, Williams Udoh and Ubong Isaiah, have been sentenced to death by a High Court situated in Igbosere area of Lagos state for the act of armed robbery.
According to a statement by the director of Public Affairs at the State Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, the court sentenced Isaiah to death on Wednesday for armed robbery while Udoh was sentenced to separate 21 years imprisonment for rape of the crime.
The two robbers were arraigned by the Local government on an amended five-count on June 29, 2017.
The defendants, who pleaded not guilty, were said to have robbed the residents of Ologun and Darashe, a street in Shepherd Estate, in Ijegun area on the 2ND of august 2015, while one of the robbers, William Udoh raped one of the victims on her matrimonial bed.
Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the prosecutor and Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary at the ministry, had urged the court to sentence the defendants accordingly having found them guilty of the charges against them. She also noted that the testimonies of six witnesses, including the victim of rape and armed robbery, confirmed the allegations of the crime against against Udoh and Isaiah.
The judge ruling over the case, Justice Atinuke Ipaye, stated that the evidence provided by the prosecutor’s witnesses was credible, compelling, and cogent to the ground of the conviction of the defendants. The Judge was said to have found the two robbers guilty of the charge, saying they were punishable under Sections 261, 297, and 295(2) of the Criminal Law, CH, C.17 Vol 13 Laws of Lagos State 2015.
The judge ruled “You are hereby sentenced to death on the counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery while the first defendant William Udoh is further sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for the offence of rape.”
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