A Lagos High Court on Monday sentence A 26-year-old man Anuoluwapo Samuel to death for killing his friend during a drunken brawl.
Samuel was found guilty of a count of murder by Justice Raliatu Adebiyi.
“The defendant, Anuoluwapo Samuel is hereby sentenced to death in accordance to Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
“May the Lord have mercy on your soul,” Adebiyi said.
The judge in her judgment said that prosecution established the ingredients necessary to secure a murder conviction.
“The defendant from the facts of the case did not set out to kill the deceased but he must have known that the machete wound he inflicted caused a grievous bodily harm.
“The defendant left the scene of the fight to fetch a machete, that action was a proof of his intent to inflict the maximum injury on the deceased,” she said.
According to the prosecution, led by Mr Akin George the convict committed the offence on May 2, 2012 at Oke-Afa Secondary School, Badagry, Lagos.
“The convict and the deceased, John Omobere, were involved in a drunken fight after drinking locally made gin.
“The fight was allegedly instigated by a third friend who goes by the name ‘Lampard’ the convict was allegedly stabbed by the deceased with a broken bottle.
“After the convict was stabbed, he ran to his house to get a machete and inflicted deep cuts in his right arm
“The deceased did not die at the scene but at his home, the autopsy established that he died of Haemorrhagic shock and severe lacerations on his right hand,” George said.
The prosecutor said that the deceased was discovered the next day lying dead in a pool of blood in his home by members of his family.