Sotonye Martin, boyfriend to a murdered female staff of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Miss Sophia Phillips Horsefall and two others, Innocent Oluche and Wachukwu Ugochukwu have been arraigned before a Port Harcourt magistrate’s court by Department of State Services, DSS, for the brutal murder of the deceased.
The crime which was committed on November 8 this year was said to be a result of Sophia’s refusal to name her boyfriend as next-of-kin to her bank account as well as her refusal to give him one million (N1 million) he had demanded from her some time ago.
The three suspects were paraded before the court on a three-count charge which included, “stabbing to death with a jack knife and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Law, Laws of Rivers State 1999.”
While addressing the court, counsel to the DSS, Mr C. S. Eze, told the court that the first defendant, Mr. Sotonye Martin, lured the deceased, who he had a 13-year-old daughter for, to the house of the second defendant, Innocent Oluche, where he allegedly stabbed her to death.
Continuing, the DSS counsel claimed that the first and second defendants later buried the deceased in a shallow grave, noting that they invited the third defendant, Wachukwu Ugochukwu, a spiritualist, to perform some rituals.
Before remanding the accused in police custody, and adjourning the case indefinitely, Chief Magistrate F. Alikor referred the casefile to the state Director of Public Prosecution, saying her court did not have jurisdiction to entertain matters over murder which was the second charge.
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