Lagos Excessive Court docket sitting in Ikeja, yesterday sentenced a 36-year-old girl, Mrs. Stella Godwin, to demise by hanging for stabbing her neighbour to demise.
The courtroom presided over by Justice Raliat Adebiyi, mentioned the prosecution proved the homicide cost towards the convict past affordable doubt.
Whereas delivering her judgment, the decide acknowledged that the defendant used a knife on the deceased and defined that “by any normal, a knife is a deadly weapon.”
She mentioned that the testimonies of three prosecution witnesses tallied with the Coroner’s report which confirmed that the deceased was stabbed within the chest.
“The chest is the place the guts is. The defendant by stabbing the deceased within the chest, a really fragile a part of the physique, clearly meant to trigger probably the most hurt to her” she mentioned.
“The demise of the deceased occurred because of the grievous harm attributable to the defendant. The defendant is culpable of the offence of homicide.” Justice Adebiyi mentioned that the defendant’s testimony contradicted her confessional assertion as a result of her declare that she was attacked by the deceased solely amounted to self defence.
“She didn’t show that she was in free for all when she stabbed the deceased. From the proof, the struggle befell in a room, although no proof was given of the scale of the room, it couldn’t have been a really giant room.