Onyema Worlu and Edina Lovelyn-Worleru were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison by a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt for causing the death of a man, Israel Georgewill.
Lovelyn-Worleru, a prophetess of a church in Rumuche community, Emohua Local Government Area of the state, was accused to have prepared a toxic concoction in the name of love portion for Worlu to put in the food of her boyfriend, Georgewill, in 2012.
Justice Adolphus Enebeli, the trial judge, found the two guilty of the crime and convicted them in his judgment after nine-year legal battle.
Justice Enebeli found them guilty of manslaughter rather than murder in a previous case involving the incident.
The judge ruled that the prosecution had established its case and that the first defendant, Worlu, had given his statements at the police station voluntarily.
The defendant stated in the statement that she administered the love potion as prescribed by the prophetess in order to obtain financial support from Georgewill, but she had no idea it would result in his death.
After evaluating the evidence submitted by the parties, Enebeli found the two women guilty and sentence them to life in prison without the possibility of a fine.
According to the prosecutor, Chidi Ekah, the judgment was not just for the decease and his family, but also for the state and Nigeria as a whole.
I am happy that this matter has come to an end. It does not mean that I am happy that somebody’s life will be wasted in prison. We do not take delight in that, but the law must take its course. After all, somebody was killed and so the law says if you kill, this is the punishment for you. “The court was even magnanimous enough to reduce it from murder to manslaughter. I am happy that justice has been served.
However, the first defendant’s lawyer, Vincent Chukwu, indicated his client would appeal the judgment.
The fight is not over; it will certainly get to the Supreme Court