Justice Indeed: Hairdresser who stole Laptop, mobile phone sentenced to death

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A convicted suspect [Illustration]

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to death by a High Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing a laptop and mobile phone.

A 25-year-old hairdresser, Izuma Ajaere, has been sentenced to death by hanging by an Ikeja High Court sitting in Lagos State after he was found guilty of stealing a laptop and a mobile phone while holding a gun.

The death verdict was handed down on the accused by Justice Kudirat Jose found him guilty as charged and ordered that he should be hung by the neck until he dies.

In her judgment, Justice Jose noted that the prosecution had proven its case beyond every reasonable doubt and the evidence of the victim, Uchenna Ukah, was pivotal in convicting Ajaere.

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According to the judge, Ukah, in his testimony, was 'clear and emphatic' about the series of events of the armed robbery and from his demeanour while giving evidence, the court found the complainant to be 'cogent and believable'.

During the trial, the prosecution led by Mrs. A.B Awosika, told the court that Ajaere committed the offences around 9.30 pm on June 22, 2012, at No. 12, Vincent Eze, Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos.

According to the prosecution, the convict alongside an accomplice, had accosted Ukah at gunpoint outside his flat and robbed him of the items.

“After confronting Ukah, the victim led them to his flat where they stole a laptop, a modem and a blackberry mobile phone.

Ajaere and his accomplice after the robbery, locked the complainant in his apartment with the intent to also rob his neighbours.

The complainant managed to get out of his apartment to raise an alarm leading to Ajaere and his accomplice being apprehended.

Ukah’s laptop and modem were recovered from the duo, however, his blackberry mobile phone was never recovered,” Mrs. Awosika told the court.

In passing judgment, Justice Jose said:

“The evidence of the prosecution witness proved that the defendant was one of the armed robbers, therefore, all the ingredients of the crime of armed robbery has been shown.

The prosecution has proved the charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery beyond a reasonable doubt.

The defendant is hereby sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and sentenced to death for armed robbery.

He is to be hanged by the neck till he is dead; may the Lord have mercy on his soul.”

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While testifying in his defence during the trial, Ajaere denied robbing the complainant, claiming that he only went to Ajao Estate for hairdressing work and was arrested by policemen during a raid.

According to him, he was falsely charged with conspiracy and armed robbery by officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS].

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