The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed the death sentence passed on a security guard, Stephen Haruna by the Abuja Court of Appeal. Haruna killed the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Assistant General Manager (Legal) Miss. E. N. Igwe on December 31, 2003. In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Suleiman Galadima, the apex court held that it was established that Haruna (the Appellant) was the only person in the house of the deceased at the time of her death.
There was no evidence of any forceful entry or breakage to gain entry into the deceased house and the accused was the only person in the compound with the deceased and nobody else.
The Police recovered a number of exhibits which incriminated him. His confessional statement was corroborated by the discovery of the stolen money which he took to his girlfriend at Kubwa, suburb of Abuja city for safe keeping.
Stephen Haruna had appealed against the decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja dated January 22, 2010 affirming the decision of the High Court of Abuja FCT on October 6, 2008 in which he was convicted and sentenced to death for culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the penal code.
“In the face of overwhelming evidence against the appellant, I cannot upturn the concurrent findings of the trial court and the court of Appeal when the appellant failed to demonstrate that the said concurrent findings were perverse and could not be supported having regards to the evidence adduced by the Prosecutor”, Justice Suleiman Galadima said.