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Court sentences man to life in prison for killing father

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Justice Bassey Nkanang of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, Uyo, on Wednesday sentenced a 38-year-old bricklayer, Monday Effiong Philip, to life imprisonment for killing his 68-year-old father.

Philip, a native of Mbiakpan Atan in Ibiono Ibom local government area of the state, was convicted for beating the deceased, Effiong Philip, to death after accusing him of using witchcraft to hinder his progress.

He also claimed the father prevented his wife from having a child.

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The prosecution told the court that the convict on May 27, 2017, pounced on his father with deadly blows and pushed him to the ground after his wife complained about the deceased.

In his ruling, Justice Nkanang held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond every reasonable doubt and convicted the defendant accordingly.

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