A High court sitting in Afikpo, Ebonyi state has sentenced six persons to one year imprisonment each for damaging a woman’s property in Ubam, Ugwuegu community in Afikpo North local government area of the state.
The 6 remanded person includes, Uche Daniel Udoka, Uche Nicholas Ogbonnia, Ogbonnia Uche Kelechi, Eluu Uche Alphosus, John Oko Uche and Uche Emmanuel Ezeali who were accused of destroying the properties of Christiana Oko Obila and Augustina Ukpai valued at three million, twenty-nine thousand, nine hundred naira
The victims had reported the incident to the police and the six suspects were arrested and charged to court by the police and charged to court for conspiracy, intimidation, assault, malicious damage and stealing.
The 6 accused persons were said to have assaulted the women and inflicted injuries on them.
According to the charge sheet of HAF/12C/2019 obtained by EveryDay News, Barr. J.E Nwaonumah, Deputy Director of the state Ministry of Justice appeared for the defendants.
Dlivering the judgment on the matter, the Presiding Judge Justice Iheanacho Chima found all the six accused persons guilty of the offence and sentenced them to 12 months imprisonment each.
*It is consequently the finding of this court that the prosecution successfully proved against all the defendants the offences of conspiracy to commit felony contracry to section 516 A(a) of the Criminal Code Cap 33 vol 1. Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009, malicious damage contrary to section 451 of the Criminal Code Cap 33 Vol. 1 Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“AAccordingly consequent upon the credible and convincing evidence aauced by the prosecution against all the defendants, I find you Uche Daniel Udoka, Uche Nichlolas Ogbonnia, Ogbonnia Uche Kelechi, Eluu Uche Alphosus, John Oko Uche and Uche Emmanuel Ezeali guilty of the offences of conspiracy and malicious damage of the property of Christiana Oko Obila.
“Being first offenders, each of the defendants, be and I hereby sentenced to twelve(12) months in prison for the offence of conspiracy and twelve(12) months in prison for the offence of malicious damage.
*It is further order of this court that the terms of imprisonment are to be run concurrently for all the defendants. That means that each of the six defendants is to spend a total of twelve months in prison or pay a total of N40,000 each in lieu of imprisonment”, the court ruled.