A farmer has been sentenced to death by hanging for stealing.

Francis Williams, 38, was sentenced to death for allegedly stealing N170 and a Nokia mobile telephone valued at N5,000.

The convict was said to have on June 4, 2014 at a Palm Kernel Farm located at Ewu in Ughelli South Local Council of Delta, robbed one Noah Ovie, and his assistant of the money and phone while armed with a cut-to-size locally-made gun.

The victims, however, summoned courage and overpowered their assailant.

In his desperation to escape after being apprehended, he bit off one of the fingers of Ovie, who was a former councilor,  before his escape bid was foiled by some passers-by, who rushed to the scene and held him down then handed him over to the police.

The accused, who made a voluntary confessional statement to the police, admitted to have committed the offense but retracted same during trial. He called no witness but testified for himself while the prosecution called four witnesses in proof of its case.

Justice A. O. Akpovi of Ozoro High Court found Williams guilty of the charge of armed robbery punishable under Section (1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Volume 14 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Justice Akpovi also found the farmer guilty on the charge of wounding with intent, which got him a life sentence and illegal possession of firearms with a sentence of 10 years imprisonment respectively.

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