The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death sentence passed on one Freeborn Okiemute by a Delta High Court sitting at Ozoro for the offence of armed robbery.
In a unanimous judgement of the Apex Court, the appellant’s seven grounds of appeal as contained in the brief of arguments settled by his lead counsel, Ayo Asala Esq were dismissed.
While upholding the concurrent judgements of both the trial court and the Court of Appeal, Justice Suleiman Galadima who delivered the lead judgement, agreed with the submission of the respondent represented by the Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor Esq who argued that the Court of Appeal was eminently right when it upheld the conviction and sentence of the appellant to death by the High Court of Ozoro, Delta State in case No.HC2/13C/2008 on the 14th day of July, 2010.
On the 17th day of November, 2006 at Ozoro within the Ozoro Judicial Division, the appellant, Freeborn Okiemute and others now at large robbed one Mathilda Egbamuno (f) of the cash sum of N500, 000. 00, jewelries, wrappers and other personal belongings while armed with gun.
The appellant was convicted by Justice Marshal Umukoro of Ozoro High Court, now the Chief Judge of Delta State on count I and V of a five count charge (conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery) and sentenced him to death by hanging while he was discharged and acquitted in respect of the other four counts.
Dissatisfied with the judgement of the trial court, the appellant filed a notice a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal, Benin Division challenging the judgement on the High Court. On the 15th day of November, 2012 the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and affirmed the judgement of the lower court that convicted the appellant.