May 09, 2017

Wife Jailed For Killing Husband Over "Baba Ijebu" In Lagos

A Lagos State High Court on Monday sentenced a 29yrs old woman, Onyinyechukwu Akunne, to 7 years’ imprisonment for killing her husband, Mr. Abuchi Akunne, with a kitchen knife.

The incident had occurred during an argument over Premier Lotto, popularly called Baba Ijebu.
Onyinye was sentenced by Justice Josephine Oyefeso following a plea bargain agreement where the initial one count of murder was commuted to a charge of grievous bodily harm which she pleaded guilty to.

“In view of the plea of the defendant, dated, May 5, 2017, to which she pleaded guilty, I hereby find the defendant guilty of the offence with which she is charged.

“I hereby sentence you, Onyinyechukwu Akunne, to seven years in prison. The prison term shall commence from the date of arrest, which was March 28, 2015,” the judge held.

Justice Oyefeso, while giving her judgment, noted that the convict acted out of anger and thus advised her to always keep her anger in check.

“I understand this act was done out of anger and I hope the convict must have learnt her lesson.

“People ought to learn how to control their temper no matter how angry they are,” the judge said.

Before the sentence was pronounced, Onyinye’s counsel, Mrs. P.O. Onu, in her allocution, begged the judge to temper justice with mercy.

“The defendant is a first-time offender; she is still very young and she has a baby. In fact, she gave birth in prison. Her daughter is a year and seven months old and they have been in prison since 2015,” Onu said.

The judge ordered that the convict’s daughter should be in the custody of any of the parents’ relative immediately after she was weaned.

During her arraignment on March 6, 2015, the prosecutor, Mrs. C.K. Tunji-Carena, told the court that the convict committed the offence on March 28, 2015, on Idimu Road, Ejigbo, Lagos.

On the day of the murder, the deceased reportedly came home angry for losing to Baba Ijebu, which resulted in a fight between him and his wife.

The convict had stated that Abuchi used to lose huge sums of money to Baba Ijebu which she had warned him to desist from playing.

“He came home angry after losing to Baba Ijebu. I told him to stop wasting money on Baba Ijebu. I asked him why he refused to stop playing the game, he started beating me,” the convict had said.

He allegedly picked the knife his wife was using to slice okra in an attempt to cut her.

At the point of struggling for the knife, she pushed the knife into his chest.

The deceased reportedly sustained a deep cut in his chest, which led to excessive blood loss and his eventual death. The husband died before he could be taken to hospital.

10 comments:

Nasiru Adoke said...

hmmmmm..the judge did well

Anurika Onwu said...

I don't really understand how people are being judged negatively. The accused was trying to defend herself when the knife mistake pierces into the heart of the husband. Could she have watched the husband cut her with the knife? This is quite absurd!

okorochas justin said...

Ok nah...

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Hope she has learnt her lesson very well now.

I. C Bruno said...

Dangerous woman, the man would have survived it, but he was pierced in the heart, so brutal.

Austine Gabriel said...

Good one

Oladimeji S. said...

Nothing good can come out of anger.

inumidun said...

Nawa o..

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Fruit of hot temper

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

She deserves it

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