Sunday Umaru, a 34-year-old dismissed soldier, has been sentenced to death by hanging, by a high court sitting in Barkin Ladi, Plateau state.
Justice SP Gang gave the sentence after he found Umaru guilty of killing his girlfriend, Charity Thomas, on January 23, 2016.
Umaru was said to have killed his girlfriend after he found a text message on her phone.
Justice Gang, while delivering the judgement said Umaru “mercilessly took the life of Charity Thomas in cold blood” and cannot escape the full wrath of the law.
“This sentence is mandatory; the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging,” he said.
“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Sunday Umaru, will be hanged by the neck until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul.”
Umaru, who is married, was in the Nigerian army and was serving at the special task force (STF), sector 7, Barkin Ladi, when the incident occurred.
At his arraignment, Umaru faced a one-count charge of culpable homicide.
He was said to have killed, Charity his girlfriend by stabbing her with a knife, slaughtering and dumping her body by the roadside.
According to the prosecutor, Emmanuel Awe, Charity’s lifeless body was found the next day by neighbours and some soldiers, who trailed the blood marks to the accused person’s house.
“Friends of the accused, who were the military men that evacuated the body, also recognised the girl as Umaru’s lover, who was seen with him the previous day,” the lawyer said.
After the incidence, Umaru was said to have fled to his family based in Rukuba Barracks in Bassa local government area.
He was said to have been arrested by a team of military men who went after him and arrested him at his home in the barracks, while in the company of his family.
He said during the investigation, the police discovered several gory pictures and videos of the deceased that the accused took in his phone, immediately after the murder.
David Adudu, counsel to the accused, told NAN that he was not satisfied with the death sentence death passed by the court.
“I will get a copy of the judgment, study same and raise possible grounds for an appeal,” he said.
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