A 4-Man Car Snatching And Kidnapping Syndicate Sentenced To Death By Hanging In Delta

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A four-man armed syndicate that has been terrorizing Asaba and its

environs that specializes in robbing and snatching exotic cars as well

as kidnapping their victims have been sentenced to death by hanging by

a Delta High Court sitting at Asaba.

The court presided over by Honourable Justice Flora Ngozi Azinge

(Mrs.) while delivering the court’s verdict on Thursday that lasted

for several hours in a criminal case between the State and five

defendants, Uche Vincent Uzondu (M), Emeka Amukali (M), Paul Egwom

(M), Festus Oghali (m), and David Mario (m) in a 9-count charge

bothering on conspiracy to commit felony to wit; kidnapping, armed

robbery and wounding with intent, found four out of the five

defendants guilty of all the 9 count charge and were accordingly

sentenced to death by hanging on the count of armed robbery.

Justice Azinge, however, discharged and acquitted the 5th defendant,

David Mario of all the charges for lack of sufficient evidence by the

Prosecution linking him to the crime.

The court in its judgement, held that the state established and

proved beyond reasonable doubt the offenses for which they were

charged and that the defendants failed woefully to create any doubt.

While disbelieving the evidence of the defendants, the court further

held that from their confessional statements, they conspired and

worked together in synergy to perpetrate their nefarious criminal

activities, adding that their denials that they do not know each other

was a blatant lie and an after thought.

She ruled that from their confessional statements, two of the

defendants statements corroborated as they narrated vividly in their

separate accounts their modus oparandi.

In the particulars of offence filed by The Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice through the Director of Public Prosecutions

against the defendants, the Court was told that Uche Vincent, Paul

Egwom, Emeka Amukali who was on bail before the court verdict and

David Mario, on or about the 3rd day of December, 2014, at Asaba

within the Asaba judicial division, robbed one Ilechie Michael

Nnaemeke of his Lexus RX 350 SUV with registration no BDG 203 DA, two

mobile phones and other valuables while armed with a gun and also

wounded him with intent as he was shot in the leg when he raised alarm

during the scuffle the ensued.

On the 13th day of December, the accused persons carried out another

operation successfully in Asaba where they did not only rob one Titus

Ayuba, a Surveyor by profession, of his Lexus RX 350 SUV with Reg no

AKU 230 HT, one laptop computer, GPS receiver, cheque book and other

valuables while armed with guns but was also kidnapped and held

hostage for six days and collected an undisclosed sum of money from

his wife as ransom.

Not done with their insatiable appetite for robbing exotic cars, the

gang also on the 16th day of December, 2014 at Asaba within the Asaba

Judicial Division, robbed one another victim, Emeka Ojogwu of his

infinity SUV with Reg No AJ262AYB, the sum of N320,000, one wrist

watch and two mobile phones while armed with guns. They also held him

hostage for six days while a ransom of N600, 000 was said to have been

paid by his wife before he was released from captivity.

Nemesis however caught up with the gang when one of their victims

whose car was also snatched at gun point sighted his stolen car which

has already been painted to another colour around a shop along the

ever busy Asaba Benin Expressway and reported the discovery to the

IPO.

Acting on the tip off, when detectives swooped on the said shop where

stolen cars are refurbished, several cars were recovered while the

accused persons were apprehended and upon interrogation, they made

confessional statements admitting to have been responsible for the

spates of car snatching and kidnapping within Asaba and its environs.

Reacting to the verdict, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for

Justice, Peter Mrakpor Esq who spoke through the DPP, Ernest Edomwonyi

Esq said the court verdict is justice well delivered not only to the

victims but to society and expressed the hope that it will serve as a

deterrent to others.

The Attorney-General averred that the State Government zero tolerance

for crime was on course and advised youths to key into the various

educational and youth empowerment programmes of the Senator Dr.

Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration. He advised youths to shun all forms of

vices and get rich quick syndrome.

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