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Lagos couple jailed 16 years over maid’s death


A couple, Fortune and Steve Nwankwo were on Thursday jailed for 16 years for the involuntary manslaughter of their 19-year-old maid, Joy Adole.

The PUNCH reported that Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja found the couple guilty of conspiracy and manslaughter.

While delivering judgment in suit no ID/13178C/20, Justice Ogala held that the prosecution had proved the charge of manslaughter, conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice and misconduct as regards the death of their maid in their house at Bariga, Lagos State.

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The court convicted Steve of the charges of conspiracy, attempt to pervert justice, misconduct and accessory after the fact of felony.

The judge held that the court was convinced that the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses were not only strong but also corroborated the fact that the housemaid died due to the beating by Fortune (first defendant).

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The first defendant was said to have beaten the deceased which caused her death as she had not been feeling well prior to the incident.