The Akwa Ibom State high court in Uyo has sentenced Uduak Frank Akpan, the chief suspect in the murder of Iniubong Umoren to death by hanging.
The PUNCH reported that Akpan was also sentenced to life imprisonment on the two charges of murder and rape preferred against him by Justice Bassey Nkanang.
Akpan had pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of late Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of the University of Uyo on the pretext of securing a job for her.
The convict had buried Umoren's body after raping and killing her in his father's residence in the Uruan local government area of the state.
Shortly after his sentencing on Thursday, Akpan was said to have attempted an escape but his plan was foiled by the police.
Meanwhile, the court discharged and acquitted his father, Frank Akpan and sister, Anwan Bassey (2nd and 3rd accused) who were standing trial for accessory after the fact to murder.