A Lagos High Court sitting within the Igbosere space has sentenced a cook dinner recognized as Janet James, to 14 years imprisonment.
Janet, 34, was sentenced for beating her eight-year-old brother, Saviour James, to dying for stealing meat from a pot of soup on August 10, 2009. Justice Adedayo Akintoye convicted her on Monday following her plea of responsible to an amended one-count of manslaughter.
The decide mentioned the 14-year imprisonment would take impact from August 21, 2009, when Janet was remanded by a magistrates’ court. Justice Akintoye famous that the defendant entered a plea discount settlement with the prosecution on Monday final week on the High Court.
The sentence and plea discount settlement said, “The defendant has proven regret for the offence of manslaughter dedicated on the 10th day of August 2009 in opposition to the individual of 1 Saviour Effiong. “The defendant pleads responsible to the offence as charged. The defendant has agreed to serve 14 years jail time period from the date of remand by this honourable court. The defendant provides an endeavor to be of excellent behaviour, upon the completion of the jail time period.
“In view of this, subsequently, the defendant, Janet James, is hereby discovered responsible of manslaughter opposite to Part 317 of the Felony Code, Legal guidelines of Lagos State, 2003, and is accordingly convicted of similar. I’ve considered that it is a 2013 case. I’ve additionally been guided by the plea and sentencing settlement entered into by the prosecution, the defendant Janet James and the defence counsel.
I notice additionally the truth that the defendant has been in remand custody for many years. Because of this, subsequently, the defendant Janet James is hereby sentenced to a time period of 14 years. The time period of imprisonment is to run from the date of remand, which is August 21st 2009. That is the judgment of the court.”
Janet was re-arraigned earlier than the decide in 2013 on one cost of homicide opposite to Part 317 of the Felony Code, Legal guidelines of Lagos State, 2003. She had pleaded not responsible to the cost. The prosecution counsel, Abiola Gbadamosi, had informed the court that the defendant dedicated the offence at about 8pm on August 10, 2009, within the Ilupeju space of Lagos State.
Gbadamosi mentioned the convict killed Saviour James by beating him with a turning stick after accusing him of stealing meat from a pot of soup. She then dumped his physique on the premises of an insurance coverage firm within the space. In her confessional assertion to the police, Janet mentioned,
“I carried him (the deceased) on my again and walked an extended distance earlier than throwing him throughout the fence. I made a decision to dump him there as a result of the places of work had lengthy been closed. “He used to steal. I even warned him after I went to the village to select him. I beat him on Monday evening at about 8pm, after a number of warnings to not steal meat from the pot failed. I hit him with this little pestle however he didn’t die on the spot.”
She added, “At about 11pm, he woke as much as urinate however after I awakened at about 2am, I found he was foaming within the mouth. I referred to as him however there was no response. I attempted opening his mouth and even hit him, but there was no motion. Then I waited till about 5am earlier than carrying him on my again and dumped him contained in the premises of the insurance coverage agency and returned dwelling.”