Domestic worker to die for killing grandma,  daughter

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay of an Ikeja High Court yesterday sentenced a domestic worker, Joseph Ogbu, to death by hanging for killing his employer, an 89-year-old grandmother, Adejoke John, and her daughter, Oreoluwa, in their Surulere, Lagos home two days after he was employed.

Justice  Nicole-Clay found the convict guilty of a three-count charge of armed robbery and murder.

The charges were preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

The defendant committed the offence on June 19, 2019 by strangling Ma Adejoke and stabbing Oreoluwa to death.

He pleaded not guilty when arraigned on October 22, 2019.

The prosecution said Ogbu, while armed with a knife, robbed grandmother Adejoke of her Toyota Camry Saloon car, with Registration No. FST 104 CW, LG plasma TV, Motorway handset, one Gionee handset, one Nokia phone, one i-Tel Phone and one power bank.

The prosecutor said the incident took place at 4, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere area of the state at 9:30 am

He stated that the convict also killed Oreoluwa John by stabbing her to death while armed with a knife, robbed the deceased of her car, phones, and Plasma TV.

The trial judge held that the defendant confessed to the crime.

“He killed one Adejoke by strangling her, and one Oreoluwa by stabbing her to death.

“I have considered the evidence of the security guard, an okada man, one Yahya Ibrahim, the house help and a police Inspector,” the judge said.

According to her the convict admitted to living with them and he was the only witness of the incident.

She stated that the defence did not raise objection to the admissibility of the confessional statement.

She held that there was no doubt that the defendant confessed to the crimes.

Justice Nicole-Clay also held  that the defendant could not give explanation of what he was doing with all the stolen items he was found with as at about 2:00a.m on the date he was arrested.

“The evidence has shown to the satisfaction of this court and the court has established guilt against the defendant.

“He is hereby guilty as charged.”

When the judge said she wanted to hear from the convict, he clasped  his hand to his face and replied in pidgin English: “The mama no die for my presence. I beg for justice.