Man gets 10 years for killing brother
By admin On 6 Oct, 2018 At 02:06 AM | Categorized As Metro | With 0 Comments

An Ikeja High Court yesterday sentenced Mr. Collins Abakwe to 10 years imprisonment for stabbing his younger brother, Chibuke, death.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi sentenced the convict after finding him guilty of a one-count charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Collins, 28, was first arraigned in 2013 for murder, but pleaded not guilty.

The trial then began.

During the trial, he changed his not guilty plea to guilty and entered into plea bargaining.

Delivering judgment, Justice Adebiyi sentenced the convict to 10 years in prison for the offence of involuntary manslaughter filed against him by the State of Lagos.

Before pronouncing judgment, Justice Adebiyi asked if the convict understood the meaning of plea bargain agreement he entered into.

He replied in the affirmative, telling the court that he signed the agreement himself.

The judge held that the court was satisfied with the jail term agreed upon by the prosecuting counsel and the defence counsel.

She, however, sentenced Collins to 10 years imprisonment for the murder of his younger brother, Chibuke.

Prosecuting counsel Mrs. O.A Olusaga had told the court that the defendant, Collins, decided to change his plea and the prosecution amended the charge against him.

The amended charge reads: “You Collins Abakwe on February 14, at 54, Adeyanju Street, Amukoko stabbed your younger brother, Chibuke Abakwe, to death with a broken bottle.”

Collins pleaded guilty to the amended charge of involuntary manslaughter.

According to the prosecution, Collins and his younger brother on the said date quarrelled over a friend’s girlfriend, who tried to pass the night in their place.

“The quarrel became violent and he ended up stabbing his younger brother, which later resulted in his death.

Olusaga said the offences contravened Section 227 and punishable under Section 221 of the Lagos State Criminal law 2015.

She said the court will order the convict’s family to take him to a rehabilitation centre for counselling when he gains freedom.

Counsel to the convict, Scholastical Okoli, however, aligned herself with the submissions of the prosecuting counsel.

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