An Enugu State High Court, on Wednesday, sentenced one Chiamaka Ifezue to death by hanging for killing Ijeoma Nweke, a make-up artist on November 11, 2020
The court was presided over by Justice Kenneth Okpe.
In a two-hour judgment, Okpe found the accused guilty of killing the deceased by forcing her to drink poisonous substances, which led to her death.
Okpe said, “The defendant was in Count 2, charged under Section 274(1) of the Criminal Code Law of Enugu State Cap. 30 Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004, which prescribes death sentence as punishment.”
He said that the defendant, though having a gentle mien, had the heart of steel.
According to the judge, the defendant carried on through the trial with a sense of fulfilment that the mission was accomplished and that her freedom was a matter of time.
“There was no remorse shown from the beginning of trial to judgment day.
“I hereby sentence the defendant, Ifezue Chiamaka, to death by hanging until she is dead.
“May God have mercy on her,” Okpe said.
Nweke was said to have left her house on November 11, 2020 for a job but went missing thereafter until her corpse was found on November 16, 2020 in a refuse dump at Maryland area of Enugu
The Enugu State Director of Public Prosecution, C.C. Chigbo, described the judgment as victory for justice.