3 years after crime, Rapist, Maxwell Dike sentenced to death in Rivers State
Following the rape and murder of a 8-year-old girl in the year 2017, a high court situated in Rivers state has sentenced a 21-year-old Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike to death by hanging.
Recall that the convict identified as Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike raped a 8-year-old Chikamso at Messiah Close in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, killed her and then removed her tongue, breasts, vagina, and eyes.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the convict was apprehended by men of the vigilante group in the area while on his way to dispose her dismembered body.
Dike reportedly escaped from detention with the help of an officer identified as Sgt Johnbosco Okoroeze who has been dismissed from service after his arrest before he was later caught in Plateau state and trial resumed.
A Rivers State High Court has now sentenced Dike and his accomplice, Ugochukwu Onwuamiro to death by hanging for the crime.
The judgement was delivered by Justice Adolphus Enebeli of the Rivers state High court, in a judgment that lasted almost three hours.
Justice Enebeli described the actions of Dike and Ugochukwu as satanic and deserved to die by hanging.
The presiding judge also found the dismissed police officer guilty of criminal negligence having acted in a manner that allowed Dike to escape from police custody 24 hours after he was arrested. The court reduced his sentence to one year having considered that he had been in custody since August 2017, been dismissed from the police, and is a family man.