The High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, presided over by Justice Nayai Aganaba on Wednesday (7/2/2018) sentenced 30-year-old Victoria Gariga to death by hanging for killing her husband, Henry Gariga a lawyer from Sagbama L.G.A.Victoria committed the crime on February 4, 2015 at their residence along Ebisam road in Akenfa, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State by stabbing her husband on the neck following a misunderstanding.
The Nation reports that ,the victim and the convict were cohabiting for years before they legalised their union in 2014. The union was yet to produce children before the unfortunate incident.
In delivering the judgement,Justice. Aganaba held that the circumstantial evidence against the accused was overwhelming, adding that all facts confirmed she was the only one with the victim at the time the crime was committed. He stated further that“…It is unfortunate that I can only pronounce the sentence prescribe by law. I wish I had the discretion to do otherwise.However that discretion rests with the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State. I am only left with the compulsion to pronounce the sentence prescribed by law. I hope that the person with the discretion would look at the circumstance of this case and do the needful.
I hereby pronounce my sentence. My sentence upon you is that you shall hang on the neck until you die. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”