Metro Woman Murders Husband Over Lottery Tickets in Lagos, Gets 7 Years in Jail


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Twenty-nine-year-old Onyinyechi Akunne, the wife of 32 year-old Abuchi Akkune on Monday got 7 years in prison for stabbing her husband to death with a kitchen knife.

According to reports, she killed Akkune during an argument in their home over some lotto tickets locally known as “Baba Ijebu.”

She was sentenced after agreeing to a plea bargain. The initial charge of murder was then changed to a charge of “causing grievous bodily harm,” to which she pleaded guilty.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso sentenced her to seven years in prison, starting from the day she was remanded in prison custody, which was March 28, 2015.

Before the sentencing her counsel, Mrs. P.O. Onu, pleaded for leniency.

Onyinyechi was pregnant when the offence was committed and she gave birth to a baby girl while in custody at the Kirikiri Female Prisons.

When she was arraigned on the 6th of March 2015, the State Prosecutor, Mrs. C.K. Tuiyi-Carena, said she committed the offence on March 28, 2015 at her residence located at No. 85, Idimu Road, Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos.

“On the day of the alleged murder, Onyinyechi was preparing a meal, while Abuchi was sitting on a chair in their home looking at his lottery tickets.

“Angered by her husband’s action, Onyinyechi scolded him for his love of gambling and a fight ensued between them.

“She took the kitchen knife she was using to cut vegetables and stabbed her husband fatally in the chest.

“The stabbing inflicted a deep cut in Abuchi’s chest, which led to excessive blood loss and his eventual death.

“The victim died before he could be taken to a hospital by Onyinyechi and concerned neighbours,” Tuiyi-Carena said.
 

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