Clement To Die By Hanging
Shedrack Clement (30) has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery.
The judge of the FCT High Court in Maitama, Justice Peter Affen, said in his judgment that the prosecution proved its case against Clement "beyond reasonable doubt".
Clement was charged along with two other men, Wisdom Sunday (32) and Awal Mohammed (35).
They were alleged to have robbed one Mrs Yemisi Bamigbode of Hajj Camp Gwagwalada, Abuja, on September 6, 2013, of household items valued at 350,000 Naira and 10,000 Naira cash.
They were arraigned on a 2-count charge bordering on armed robbery.
"The prosecution has established the guilt of the 1st defendant Shedrack Clement beyond reasonable doubt and I thereby found him guilty," the Judge said.
He affirmed that Clement was convicted in accordance with provisions of Section 1(2)(a) of Robbery and Firearms Special Provision Act, Laws of the Federation 2004.
"I hereby sentence you Shedrack Clement to death by hanging.
"No alibi was pleaded in the evidence by him," Affen said.
The other accused persons were however lucky.
The judge said the prosecution did not adduce any direct or positive evidence, pointing to their involvement or participation in the robbery incident.
"As the police did not recover any stolen item from them, there is also no circumstantial evidence linking them to the robbery.
"It is settled that a confessional statement of an accused person is quoted only against him and cannot be used as evidence against a co-accused without any corroboration.
"The 2nd and 3rd defendants are accordingly discharged and acquitted," he held.