One Prophetess Edina Lovelyn-Worleru and Onyema Worlu have been sentenced to life improvement for causing the death of a man, Israel Georgewill in Rivers state.
It was gathered that Lovelyn-Worleru, who owns a church in Rumuche community, in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, prepared a poisonous substance in the name of love portion for Worlu to put in the food of her boyfriend, Georgewill, in 2012.
Justice Adolphus Enebeli of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, in his judgment found the two guilty of the crime and convicted them for manslaughter, instead of the murder charge in an earlier suit on the incident.
The judge held that the prosecution proved its case and that the statements of the first defendant, Worlu, at the police station were voluntarily given.
In the statement, the convict admitted that she administered the love potion as prepared by the prophetess in order to get financial assistance from Georgewill, adding that she never knew it would result in his death.
After considering the facts presented by the parties, Justice Enebeli convicted and sentenced the two women to life imprisonment without any fine option.
The prosecutor, Chidi Ekah, said said, “I am happy that this matter has come to an end. It does not mean that I am happy that somebody’s life will be wasted in prison. We do not take delight in that, but the law must take its course. After all, somebody was killed and so the law says if you kill, this is the punishment for you.
“The court was even magnanimous enough to reduce it from murder to manslaughter. I am happy that justice has been served.”
But counsel for the first defendant, Vincent Chukwu, said his team would appeal the judgment.
“The fight is not over; it will certainly get to the Supreme Court,” Chukwu stated.