A 30-year-old woman, Victoria Gagariga, has been sentenced to death by a High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State for allegedly killing her husband, Henry.
Southern Digest reports that Victoria committed the crime on February 4, 2015, during a domestic quarrel at their residence by stabbing Henry on the neck with a knife and he later died in a hospital he had been rushed to.
The court presided over by Justice Nayai Aganaba heard that the deceased, was a lawyer from Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, and the convict who is from Brass Local Government Area had lived together for many years before they decided to solemnize their union in 2014 and had yet to have a child.
While reading his judgment, Justice Aganaba said the prosecution called six witnesses and produced seven exhibits while the defence lawyer had only one witness who happened to be the accused person.
Going through his records, Justice Aganaba averred that the onus of proof rested with the prosecution in line with the three ingredients to prove a murder case.
He named the elements of murder as the actual death of the deceased, that the death was caused by the accused person and that the action of the accused person was intentional with the knowledge that death or grievous bodily harm was its probable consequence.
The judge asserted that the circumstantial evidence against the accused was overwhelming, adding that all facts confirmed she was the only person with the deceased at the time of death and the only person with the opportunity to kill him.
“It is unfortunate that I can only pronounce the sentence prescribed by law. I wish I had the discretion to do otherwise.
However, that discretion rests with the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State. I am only left with the compulsion to pronounce the sentence prescribed by law.
I hope that the person with the discretion would look at the circumstance of this case and do the needful.
I hereby pronounce my sentence. My sentence upon you is that you shall hang on the neck until you die. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”