The Ebonyi State High Court , sitting in Abakaliki , the state capital , on Monday , sentenced a woman , Mrs Agnes Nwefuru, to death by hanging for killing her co- wife and seven children .
The state government had, in suit No HAW /13 C/2017 , brought against Nwefuru, accused her of setting ablaze the house of her co – wife , Felicia Nwefuru, which led to her death and that of her seven children .
According to the police , the accused also burnt her own house during the evil act as a camouflage .
The plaintiff further contended that the accused removed all her belongings and that of her children and took them to a safe place outside the house before committing the act .
In 2017 , eight members of a family were burnt to death following a mysterious fire that engulfed their residential house around 3 am at Ogboji community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Two persons were said to have survived the inferno – the husband, Mr Sylvanus Nwefuru, and Miss Ukamaka Nwefuru, one of late Felicia ’ s daughters .
The fire razed the two thatched houses in the compound .
Delivering the judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Uwabunkonye Onwosi , declared that the plaintiff proved that the defendant was guilty of the murder charge preferred against her .
“ Nwefuru Agnes is found guilty of murder and is hereby convicted.
The term of her sentence is that she be hanged by neck until she is dead , ” the judge ruled .
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