Reverend King Appeals Death Sentence Five Years After Verdict

Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King, General –former Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly who was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder, and was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 11, 2007 for the alleged murder of a church member, Ann Uzoh, yesterday pleaded with the Court of Appeal, Lagos to quash the death sentence passed on him at the Ikeja High Court, five years ago.
At the hearing of his appeal, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, his attorney, said Ezeugo did not commit the crime and was not at the scene, arguing that the deceased, Uzoh had in two statements made after the incident and before her death, stated that she got burnt in a generator accident and that the cleric was not responsible for her injuries.
Ojo said the Investigating Police Officer, IPO, had tendered statements which stated that Ezeugo was not responsible for the burns which led to Uzoh’s death, but they were not admitted in evidence, and stated that the trial judge, Justice Oyewole’s refusal to admit the exhibits in evidence “occasioned a great miscarriage of justice.”

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