36-year-old man sentenced to death for killing his father in Akwa Ibom
36-year-old man, Victor Obot has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing his father in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Obot was found guilty of killing his father, whom he accused of being responsible for his misfortune.
Justice Okon Okon of the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, said there was credible evidence that the victim died after the accused attacked him with a machete, which was recovered at the scene of the crime on 7C, Abak Road, Uyo, on July 6, 2019.
“There is credible and acceptable evidence that the victim died shortly after the accused attacked him with a machete. I have no doubt that the accused did not only intend to cause the deceased grievous bodily harm, but resolved to eliminate him for the nebulous, unsubstantiated allegation that his father was the cause of his problems,” Justice Okon said.
The court held that “a man who stabs or inflicts machete cuts on another in the neck region is deemed to have intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to the person.
“The intent to kill can be formed from the nature of the weapon used and the use of a lethal and death-threatening or death-dealing weapon in the sensitive part of the body like the neck.”
The court said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the essential ingredients of the offence of murder against the 36-year-old.
Justice Okon also held that the convict acted callously in the gruesome murder of his father.
He said, “The accused betrayed his father. Even the heavens weep over the senseless killing of the old man, whose death the son rejoiced over and construed it as the beginning of his freedom from his problems.
“The deceased did not deserve to die by the very hand of his own son.
“I hereby find you, Victor Etimeyo Obot, guilty of murder as charged and accordingly convict you. You are to be hanged by the neck until you be dead.”