An Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo, yesterday, sentenced Uduak Akpan to death by hanging for the murder of a young job seeker, Iniubong Umoren.
Trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang also sentenced him to life imprisonment for sexual abuse of the victim.
But the court acquitted and discharged his father, Frank Akpan and sister, Anwan Bassey (2nd and 3rd accused) who were standing trial for accessory after the fact to murder.
Akpan had last year promised Iniubong a job only for him to rape and kill her. During his parade by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command confessed that he invited Umoren over for a fake job and then demanded to have sex with her.
“I asked her whether she can work on a farm as a secretary. She said she can and that she was ready to do the job. So, when she came, I revealed to her that this farm doesn’t exist and that it was just a hoax.
“I told her that before she leaves that I’ll like to have sex with her, and she agreed. But she gave me a condition that I should use a condom, which I did. When I removed the condom, she became furious, so she took the nearby stabiliser to hit me on my head. Then she bit my left ring finger.”
“In a bid to stop her, I used the stabiliser to hit her and she fell and started bleeding, thereafter she died.”
Uduak said he had lured about six other women but Umoren was the only one he had killed.
The convict had while opening his defence in the trial for murder and sexual assault of the late woman denied ever meeting her.
He was evasive while in the dock and rambled each time the prosecution asked him a question.
“My Lord, I do not know Miss Iniubong Umoren. I only came to know that name when I was served with the proceedings of this trial at the Prison,” Akpan had said during cross-examination by the prosecution.
“For the second charge of rape, my Lord, I do not know anything about rape. I have never raped anybody.
“I pleaded guilty because I had fever on that day and my IPO’s influence in the court.”
MEANWHILE, there was drama when the convict attempted to escape shortly after the sentence was announced by the trial judge.
He came out of the dock and immediately rushed out in an attempt to escape before he was held by security agencies, including the police and prison officers.
Speaking after the verdict, the State Attorney general and Commissioner of Justice, Uko Udom expressed satisfaction over the ruling.
He thanked the presiding judge for the way and manner the trial was conducted.
According to him, the judge was able to take a day out, tried the case on a day-to-day basis and at the end of the day, there was the judgment that confirms the justice system works.
On the next line of action, the Commissioner said, “As you can see, the first defendant has been led into custody and the 2nd and 3rd defendant have been discharged and acquitted.