Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Criminal court 1 in Benin city, Edo state, has sentenced Dominion Okoro, the housemaid of late Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of ex-governor of Edo state, Lucky Igbinedion, to death by hanging for killing the 85-year-old woman at her residence in GRA Benin City on December 2, 2021, before running away with her jewelry.
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Okoro who had served as the housemaid for the deceased for years, killed her because she wanted to cart away her money and personal items. When she was arrested, Okoro said her late boss never offended her.
”I killed Mama (Madam Maria Igbinedion) to carry her money. She did not offend me. While she was sleeping on her bed, around 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2021, I used a stool to hit her on the head and she was shouting for help, but only the gateman was around and he did not hear the shout. Mama later died.
I waited till 4 a.m. on December 2, 2021, before leaving the house with Mama’s N100,000, wristwatch, and jewellery. I escaped to Cross River State, but I was later arrested by the police.”
Following her confessional statement, Dominion and her sister were arrested. Her sister, Patience Okoro, was arraigned in court.
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Delivering judgment in the case on Monday, June 20, Justice Ipkonwonba convicted Dominion on all the three counts filed against her. The court sentenced Dominion to death by hanging for murder and robbery with violence while she bagged life imprisonment for count two which was for applying harmful substances to the late Madam Igbinedion,
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The convict’s sister who was charged with accessory after the facts for murder in count four was discharged and acquitted.