Isaac Job, Uyo
An Akwa Ibom State High Court presided by Justice Agustine Odokwo in Ikot Ekpene council area of the state has on Friday sentenced a 31 year old man, Nsikak Joseph Udofia, to death for raping and robbery.
Udofia ; a native of Utu Edem Usung in Ikot Ekpene local government area of the state was found guilty by the presiding Judge for robbing a shoe mender Gabriel Akpan Victor of his torchlight, two knives, a roll of black thread, slippers and N2,350 cash while returning home from work in December , 2017.
Delivering Judgement on Friday , Justice Odokwo disclosed, “Three weeks after robbing the shoe mender, the convict, a secondary school drop out, was said to have raped a 16-year-old SS 2 student in an uncompleted building in his community. “
In the two-hour judgement , the trial judge found the accused, “Guilty of the two-count charge against him , which are punishable under Section One sub-one of Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, Laws of the Federation and Section 367 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.”
The Court held that the Prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the offenses.
In the first count charge of robbery, Justice Odokwo sentenced Nsikak Joseph Udofia to death by hanging, praying God to have mercy on his soul.
In the second count charge of rape, the Court held that the accused shall serve a life sentence in Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre.
“The sentence is to run consecutively as the offense of rape is prevalent in Ikot Ekpene.”he said .
He ordered the Clerk of the Court to keep in her safe custody, all the exhibits pending appeal, if any, and return them to the parties that tendered the exhibits, if after the period allowed for appeal, no notice of appeal is filed.