A 39-year old labourer, Mohammed Ibrahim, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court sitting in Abeokuta.
The convict was tried and convicted on a two-count charge of murder and attempted murder.
He was accused of killing a two-year-old baby and also found guilty of an attempt to kill one Rabi Yakubu.
Ibrahim was sentenced to death and life imprisonment for the two-count charge.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Ayokunle Rotimi-Balogun, held that the prosecution proved the charge of murder beyond all reasonable doubts.
She held that the convict was guilty of both charges which contravened Section 320, 316(1) and 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The Prosecuting counsel, Mrs Oluwabumi Akinola, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 12, 2014, at Ofada town, Owode Egba in Abeokuta.
Akinola said the defendant had followed Mrs Yakubu, who had her two-year-old son strapped to her back, as she wanted to ease herself.
“On getting into the bush she dropped her baby on the ground for her to defecate, when Ibrahim attacked her with a knife, attempting to cut off her neck.
“The complainant, the mother of the two-year-old boy, struggled with Ibrahim and escaped to call for help without carrying her son.
“When Ibrahim realised he did not succeed in cutting off her head which he needed for sale, he then cut off the complainant’s son’s head,” she said.
Akinola told the court that the defendant made a confessional statement that his intention was to kill the woman and cut off her head.
She said the convict had negotiated with a woman at Ibadan in Ibode market, who was ready to pay him N120,000 for a human head.
“Unfortunately for him when he took the baby’s head to the buyer, she refused to pay the amount as promised. So he collected the head back and went to bury it,” she said
The prosecutor said police later apprehended the defendant, following Yakubu’s lodgment of the case at the police station.
Court sentences labourer to death by hanging in Ogun