Christopher Udoh, from Obot Akara local government area of Akwa Ibom State faces the hangman noose, following the gruesome murder of his son, Gabriel, 11, whom he accused of indulging in witchcraft and being responsible for his many years of misfortunes.
Justice Joy Unwana, of the Akwa Ibom High Court (Ikot Ekpene Judicial Division), handed down the sentence, after finding the accused guilty of murder in line with section 316 (1) of the criminal laws of Akwa Ibom State.
The court held that the convict, who had already admitted to committing the offence, deliberately killed his 11-year-old son for allegedly being behind his many years of unsuccessful stint in his business in Benin City, Edo State.
According to the convict, he had struggled for many years to take a big leap in his business, but later realised his son, whom he suspected of being a witch, could have been responsible for his inability to make headway in business.
“After my inability to have a serious breakthrough in business, I discovered that my son could have been responsible. When I could no longer carry on with the business, I was stranded in Benin. I had to return home with nothing”, he recalled.
He added that every attempt to break even in life became too difficult, even to get married “since his mother was no longer with me following years of hardship that she could not bear”.
“For me to free myself of such spell, I had to kill him, burnt his body and dumped the remains in a pit”, he explained and pleaded for the court to be lenient and for God to have mercies as he was only being used by the devil.
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