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Court sentences man to death for armed robbery

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A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday sentenced Mutiu Oyedeji to death by hanging for being guilty of armed robbery.

The presiding judge, found him guilty on a two-count charge filed against him by the state government, which borders on attempted robbery and conspiracy. The convict, Oyedeji pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was arraigned on February 17, 2016.

Stating the fact of the case, the prosecution counsel, Mrs. Shitta Bey, told the court that the convict and two others at large on September 2015, robbed one Ikenna Egocima at Ejigbo area at gunpoint.

The defendant’s counsel, Mr. Nkenna Okolie, in his plea of mercy, prayed the court to be lenient adding that although the prosecution have been able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt but would still asked the court to temper justice with mercy.

However, Justice Oyefeso, while delivering judgment said the mercy decision is beyond the court as the Administration of Criminal Justice Act has provided measures of punishment for such to serve as a deterrent to others. She, therefore, sentenced him to death by hanging.


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