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A 39-year-old man, Effiong Philip has been sentenced to life imprisonment by Justice Bassey Nkanang of the State High Court sitting in Uyo for beating his 68-year-old father to death.
The Suspect, a bricklayer and a native of Mbiakpan Atan in Ibiono Ibom local government area of the state reportedly attacked his father over allegations that he was a wizard and also responsible for the inability of his wife to conceive.
The prosecutor said it was as a result of the complaint made by his wife on May 27, 2017 that made Effiong pounce on his father and beat him to death
The prosecutor also told the court that even when a neighbour carried Philip’s father into his room, Philip locked the door to his father’s room and returned the following day, with a patent medicine dealer, only to find the father dead.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Nkanang noted that the invitation of the patent medicine dealer by Philip, was an indication that, in spite of the unwarranted and unlawful assault on his father, he had no intention of causing his death, nor did he know that death would be the probable consequence of his action.
He said, “Whereas it was the act of the accused person that resulted in the death of the deceased, the six circumstances provided for in section 323 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, which identifies what constitutes murder, appear to be absent in the entire scenario of the case.
“The position of the Court, on the extent to which evidence at trial, established three ingredients of murder,whose two were pronounced with no prove to the third mandatory ingredient.
“This include that, the deceased is dead and the act of the accused person is responsible for the death.
” However, there is no sufficient evidence to prove the third mandatory ingredient in a charge of murder.”