The spoon killer: Man to die by hanging for killing his wife in Lagos

by ‘Jola Sotubo


A man in Lagos has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of stabbing and killing his wife.

Edet Okon, has been convicted of the death of his spouse after it was discovered that he stabbed her to death with a spoon at night.

Okon has been sentenced to death by hanging after his plea of insanity failed.

Vanguard reports:

A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh ordered that Okon be hanged for killing his wife.

The appellant had appealed the judgement, arguing that the lower court erred in law when it dismissed his plea of insanity.

But in a unanimous judgement, the Court of Appeal held that Appeal No. CA/L/553/10 lacked merit and dismissed it.

Justice Ikyegh, who delivered the leading judgement, said Mrs. Okon’s blood was crying for vengeance and her killer husband should “reap what he has sown; blood for blood.”

Okon had claimed at the lower court that he was insane at the time he stabbed his wife to death and two witnesses called by the defence had given evidence that there were cases of insanity in the family of the appellant.

However the court rejected the evidence adduced in support of Okon’s claim, convicted him of murder and ordered that he should die by hanging.

Aggrieved, Okon took his defence of insanity to the Court of Appeal, urging it to upturn the judgement of the lower court.

But in their judgment, the Appeal Court justices said the High Court was right in rejecting the plea of insanity.

The court further held that the burden of proving insanity rested on the appellant. The appellant, the court added, failed to discharge the burden on him to prove that he was insane at the time of committing the offence.


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  1. The court should provide d services of an expert to prove d sanity or insanity of Mr. Okon before conviction. The presiding Judge owes this to all Nigerians and legal profession.

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