June 12, 2020
Two armed robbers cum rapists, Williams Umoh Udoh and Ubong Lazarus have been sentenced to death by Lagos State High Court, Igbosere on Wednesday.
In a separate judgement, Williams Udoh also bagged a-21 years prison term for rape at the scene of crime in Lagos.
The convicts were earlier arraigned by the Lagos State Government on an amended five-count charge dated 29th June 2017.
They pleaded not guilty for robbing the residents of Shepherd Estate, Ijegun, Lagos on the 2nd of August 2015 while the 1st defendant William Udoh raped one of the victims on her matrimonial bed.
The men were arrested by the police and arraigned for conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery which contravenes the Criminal Justice Act of Lagos State.
The prosecutor, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, Solicitor General/ Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, urged the court to sentence the duo accordingly having found them guilty of the charges.
She explained that the testimonies of six witnesses including the victim of rape and armed robbery confirmed the allegations of the crime against Udoh and Isiah.
Justice Atinuke Ipaye in her judgement noted that the evidence provided by the prosecutor’s witnesses was credible, compelling, and cogent to the ground the conviction of the defendants.
She found the two robbers guilty of the charge and punishable under Section 261, 297 and 295 (2) of the Criminal Law, CH, C.17 Vol. 13 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
“You are hereby sentenced to death on the counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery while the first defendant William Udoh is further sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for the offence of rape,” held Justice Ipaye.