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Man sentenced to death by hanging for setting girlfriend ablaze

Azubuike Ogonor, a 38-year-old man has been sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital after he was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, Blessing Iyumame.

South-South News reports that Ogonor was convicted after he was found guilty of setting his girlfriend ablaze after pouring petrol on her body as well as inflicting machete cut injuries on Iyumame’s body before she was rushed to the hospital where she gave up the ghost.

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Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Chioma Okirie, said Ogonor was convicted on the strength of his confession to the crime.

According to the Justice, Okirie, Ogonor committed the crime by pouring petrol on the victim and using matches to set her on fire.

The judge observed that there was no misunderstanding between the man and his girlfriend to have warranted the attack on the deceased after staying together throughout the night without any quarrel.

The court stated that the convict became aggressive after sighting Iyumame with a man and felt she could dump him for another man. He then forced her into his room, poured petrol on her and set her on fire after which he used a machete on her.

It was also learned that the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital in Ahoada before she was transferred to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, where she later died.