A 23-year-old Nigerian man, Joshua Usulor, has been sentenced to 28-years-imprisonment for killing a lawyer, Mrs Feyisayo Obot, in a Lagos resort room.
The pair had lodged in several rooms on the Citiheights Resort, Opebi, Lagos State.
Obot, an worker of an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Save the Kids, was in Lagos to jot down a mission administration examination.
The prosecution, led by Mrs O.A. Bajulaiye-Bishi, had mentioned that Usulor, a resident of Quantity 30, Fadiya Road, Ketu, Lagos, sneaked into the deceased’s resort room to steal her cash and her telephones to be able to offset his excellent resort invoice.
The deceased struggled with him however was overpowered. He then stabbed her with a pointy knife on the abdomen and used the identical knife to slit her throat. Glad that the lady was lifeless, he made away together with her telephones and a money sum of twenty six thousand Naira (26,000)
Throughout interrogation, the suspect confessed to have dedicated the crime. He mentioned he has by no means met Ms Obot till the day he attacked her and that he was motivated to rob the deceased to allow him offset his resort invoice having spent two days above the in the future he paid for.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Usulor after he approached the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for a plea cut price settlement by which he would plead responsible to the crime.
The DPP had within the settlement authorised a time period of 21 years’ imprisonment which might start from the date of Usulor’s remand.
Nonetheless, throughout Tuesday’s proceedings, the decide rejected the proposed jail time period, saying that it was too lenient.
The decide mentioned she would train the ability conferred on her by Part 75 of the Administration of Prison Justice Regulation to extend the jail time period to 30 years.
She finally lowered Usulor’s jail sentence to twenty-eight years following plea for leniency by his counsel, Mr Spurgeon Ataene.
Within the plea, Ataene instructed the courtroom to mood justice with mercy. He submitted that Usulor was remorseful, including that he was a younger man with a promising future.
Whereas sentencing Usulor, Taiwo requested why he killed the lawyer.
“It was a mistake, I didn’t know what acquired into me,” he responded.
“Your mistake has value somebody her life,” the decide mentioned.
The prosecution was nonetheless presenting witnesses within the case when Usulor proposed a plea cut price settlement.
Prosecution witnesses who testified through the trial have been – the resort receptionist, Ms Lateefat Adebayo; the resort’s Operations Supervisor, Mr Olabanji Ibitunde; brother of the deceased, Mr Ige Afolabi; and the Investigating Police Officer, Inspector John Babalola.
Usulor was arraigned on a rely cost of homicide opposite to Part 223 of the Prison Regulation of Lagos 2015.