Court of Appeal Upholds Conviction of Wife who Conspired with Pastor Lover to Kill Husband


The Court of Appeal in Benin City, Edo State, has upheld the death sentence passed on Mrs. Enobong Isonguyo, who connived with her lover, Pastor Udoka Ukachukwu, to kill her husband, Victor Gabriel Isunguyo.

The wife and her lover were sentenced to death by an Edo High Court in Benin for conniving and conspiring to kill her husband.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, the wife appealed the judgment, seeking to have her conviction and sentence set aside and a verdict of acquittal entered in her favour.

At the hearing of the appeal, counsel to the appellant, Olayiwola Afolabi, argued that the offence of murder was not successfully proved at the lower court and urged the appellate court to quash the conviction.

On his part, counsel to the respondent (Edo state), led by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Edo Ministry of Justice, Oluwole Iyamu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), argued that all the elements of murder were well established by the direct evidence of the appellant and evidence of the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), other police officers and other witnesses who testified for the state.

Iyamu urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgment of the lower court.

The court of appeal dismissed the appeal in its entirety and upheld the conviction of the appellant by the lower court.

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