An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday sentenced one Katungi Phillips to death for stabbing his wife, Justina James, to death for allegedly infecting him with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, sentenced Mr. Phillips after finding him guilty of murder.
“The prosecution was able to prove by cogent circumstantial evidence that the defendant intended to kill the deceased.
“I hereby find the defendant guilty of the murder of Justina James.
“In view of the mandatory sentence for murder in Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, the defendant, Katungi Phillips is hereby sentenced to death, may the Lord have mercy on his soul,” Mrs. Adebiyi said.
Mrs. Adebiyi, in her judgment rejected Mr. Phillips defence of provocation.
The judge said that the multiple stab wounds inflicted on Justina by Phillips were excessive in comparison to the single stab wound the convict sustained.
She said that based on the evidence before her, the defence of provocation was not plausible and that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt According to the prosecution led by O. R Ahmed-Muili, the convict committed the offence at 3.21 a.m. on July 26, 2014 at his residence at Pako House, Oniru, Lagos.(NAN)