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Man acquitted of mother’s murder

An Imo State High Court, sitting in Oguta Judicial Division and presided over by Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu, yesterday discharged and acquitted Dr. Chimezie Osigwe, who had been standing trial for murder.

The state had accused Dr. Chimezie Osigwe of murder in line with Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 30 Vol. II Laws of Eastern Nigeria, 1963, as applicable in Imo State.

The particulars of offence was that the accused “on August 27, 2004, at Nzuru Umuagwu, Ejemekwuru, in the Oguta Judicial Division, did murder your mother, Mrs. Lucy Osigwe, aged 85, by hitting her with a cement block, which caused her death.”

Justice Anunihu said while the two prosecution witnesses narrated how nobody could trace the whereabouts of Mrs. Lucy Osigwe before the matter was reported to the police, the accused gave a graphic account of how his mother died.

In his defence, the accused narrated how the seismic work being carried out by Chevron, an oil company operating in their community at the time, caused a serious quake that destroyed the block work in the family’s toilet.

Speaking to newsmen after the judgement, Dr. Osigwe described it as victory of light over darkness and truth over falsehood.

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