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February 17, 2017

Man Who Murdered Wife Sentenced To Death By Hanging

A Plateau High Court sitting in Barkin-Ladi on Thursday sentenced a 37-year-old man, Benjamin Toma, to death by hanging for killing his wife, Vicky.

Justice Samson Gang, in a 68-paged judgment, pronounced Toma guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death, under section 221 of the penal code.

“Going by the findings of this court, you, Benjamin Toma, mercilessly and in a calculative manner, took the life of your wife in cold blood.

“You have not shown any remorse for your reprehensible act at the time of the incident and throughout the entire trial. You were exhibiting such character traits that seem to suggest your deep conviction about the justness of your wicked and callous act.

“In all of this, your two children are the ultimate losers, but the law shall nonetheless take its course; the offence for which you are being charged, does not contemplate a plea in mitigation. The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Benjamin Toma, will be hanged until you are dead,” the judge declared.

NAN reports that Toma was [first] arraigned on October 13, 2014 to answer a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, under section 221 of the penal code.

He was said to have committed the crime on March 4, 2014.

Toma was specifically accused of using an iron rod to kill the wife and also using a rope to tie her neck before hanging her in the store to give the impression that she killed herself.

When the suspect appeared in court, he however, pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his wife, and claimed that she took her life by hanging herself.

But while standing in court as a prosecution witness, Sgt. Sunday Abu, who investigated the case, however told the court that Toma, in a confessional statement, had said that on the said date (March 4), he demanded for sex from his wife at about 1 a.m.

“He (Toma) further confessed that his wife refused to grant his request, and declared that Vicky had persistently rejected that demand for more than one year on the suspicion that he had HIV/AIDS.

“Toma said that because of this wife’s allegation, he went to the hospital and confirmed he had hepatitis and not HIV. He told investigators that on that night, he struggled with his wife and later used an iron rod to hit her.

“He said that when she fell, he left her there for two hours, and later took her out of the room and used a rope to hang her in a bid to conceal his action.”

Abu, who submitted the confessional statement in court as evidence, quoted Toma as saying that he acted alone without any help, adding that even the children were fast asleep and did not know what was happening.

Toma owned up to this statement that bore his thumb-print.

Now their children will be orphans. People really need to calm down, think your actions through.

22 comments:

Rosemary Ezeji said...

What a sad story killing his wife because of sex. Now he has to pay for it. Feel pity for the children

Rosemary Ezeji said...

What a sad story killing his wife because of sex. Now he has to pay for it. Feel pity for the children

Amos Mercy said...

Bad temper always leaves one with bunch of regrets

Evestan said...

Glory be to God

godwin progragrammer said...

very good. he must die also!

Rasheed Lawal said...

9ice judgment

nasiru adoke said...

what quick and hot anger causes..orphaned vhildrend,cutting the life short of himself and his wife..deserves exactly what he got

Ay360 said...

Serves him right

james ezeh obinna said...

who does such to his wife?

Jekwu said...

Olu, are you there?
Good for him. Rip in advance.

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Tooth for tooth smh

I. C Bruno said...

The should reverse that case, the man should be subjected to hard labour instead of capital punishment. Who will father those children.? How can two people God joined together exited just like that. The judges should Temper justice with mercy for the sake of those children. I knew he made a forbidden mistake by forcefully took off his wife's life, but it shouldn't warrant him to go too. Capital punishment should be abolished. No body has the right to condemn man to death no matter the level of atrocities.

Ademola Adunola said...

Hmmmmn! Too bad

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

This is too much for me. This killer is wicked

Chioma Ujo said...

Serves him right. My heart goes to the children. I hope this doesn't affect the rest of their lives negatively.

Emitee said...

Death penalty still fully operational in Nigeria

inumidun said...

He should enjoy his stay dere..

Olisayemk said...

He who kills by the sword dies by the sword. I only pity those innocent kids.

okorochas justin said...

Allah ya yi rahama....

grace said...

Hmmmm.. ... this is wicked act, stupid man

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

You reap what you sow

john ayobami oso said...

Even, though, Bible stands against it, divorce would have been the best option here.