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Seven Nigerians in UK on trial for killing own family while trying to deliver him from ‘evil spirits’

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A Nigerian family living in the UK are currently on trial for their roles in the death of their family member, Kennedy Ife.

Kennedy’s parents, Kenneth and Josephine, and five brothers Roy, Harry, Colin, Samuel and Daniel are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his manslaughter.

According to reports, 26-year-old Ife died after his family tied him up and performed an exorcism to deliver him from evil spirits.

The Court heard how Ife’s parents and brothers chained and chanted prayers to cure him from the evil spirits.

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Jurors heard that Ife was chained with cable ties, rope and handcuffs at home in Enfield, north London, in the days before his death in August 2016.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC said:

“They decided that he should be restrained in his own home with them rather than calling 999.

The family put misguided religious beliefs about this young man being possessed by a demon or evil spirits, before the obvious and common sense conclusion that he needed help and did not need to be restrained.”

“The 999 call that was eventually made for expert assistance was too late.

“The family put misguided religious beliefs about this young man being possessed by a demon or evil spirits before the obvious and common sense conclusion that he needed help and did not need to be restrained.”

An autopsy revealed over 60 injuries on the deceased’s body, including a possible bite. A pathologist concluded a number of them were consistent with “forceful restraint”.

His father, Kenneth, who is based in Nigeria, was found to have a bite injury to the shoulder while four of the brothers also had minor injuries.

Josephine Ife, 56, and Kenneth Ife 64, deny manslaughter, false imprisonment and causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult between August 19 and 23 2016 along with their sons Colin, 26, twins Daniel and Samuel, 20, Harry, 32, and Roy 33.

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Man gives wife money for upkeep after court remands her, boyfriend over their plot to kill him

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The courthouse was filled with mixed emotions when David Gator, whose wife and her boyfriend planned to kill him,  gave the wife money for upkeep and assured her of his undying love for her while she cried herself to prison.

This was after the Asokwa District Court in Kumasi remanded her and the accomplice into police custody for the second time.

Mavis Brepo and Patrick Asare were arrested after an assassin they tried to contract on phone turned out to be the Manhyia Divisional Police Commander.

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The 27-year-old woman popularly called Maadwoa, married to David Gator, 55, planned with her 50-year-old boyfriend, Patrick Asare, to kill her husband so they could settle down together.

The two made their first appearance in court on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Adom News’ Nana Asenso Mensah who was in court reported that Mr Gator who was present with other family members also assured her of his undying love.

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He was seen comforting a crying Mavis who had been linked by cuffs to her alleged lover.

He told her, the money is to help with her upkeep in prison while an investigation continues into the matter.

Meanwhile, the two lovers are expected to appear in count on June 3.

He told her, the money is to help with her upkeep in prison while an investigation continues into the matter.

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Meanwhile, the two lovers are expected to appear in count on June 3.

Under a spell

Since the arrest of his wife, Mr. Gator has maintained her innocence. In earlier news, he said he is convinced his wife was being influenced by a spiritual force.

While appealing for the charges to be dropped against her, the father of three said, he has long forgiven Mavis and is ready to take her back should she be freed.

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Cemetery workers caught stealing heads from five newly buried corpses in Ondo

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Four cemetery workers have been arrested in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for allegedly decapitating five fresh corpses in Ondo.

WuzupNigeria reports that the four suspects – Adewale Abiodun, 40; Akinola Sunday, 69 and Oluwadare Idowu, 67 and Olomofe, 45 – were caught with the heads.

It was gathered that the four were caught red-handed cutting the head of a corpse by family members of the deceased.

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The family members were said to have returned to the cemetery to make arrangements on how to concrete the grave hours after the burial was concluded.

On meeting the culprits, they alerted the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] who arrested them.

The SARS operatives discovered that the suspects already had fresh four severed heads and a female human head.

“As they were trying to exhume the corpse, some family members of the deceased came back to the cemetery with some bricklayers to cement the grave and caught them in the act,” an eyewitness said.

“lt was when we caught them in the act which led to their beating that we discovered that they were in possession of a female human head and four other fresh severed heads.

“We immediately contacted men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who came to pick them up.”

 

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Teacher who sexually assaulted pupils begs judge for castration, gets 12 years jail term

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A former Pensacola teacher who pleaded guilty last year to an array of sex offenses involving students begged the judge on Wednesday to consider castration rather than sentence him to prison.

Mark Lua, 32, made the unusual request to Circuit Court Judge Thomas Dannheisser at his sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.

“My actions were despicable to say the least,” Lua said.

“I do believe that punishment is necessary, and I am requesting chemical castration not only as a punishment but as an act of solidarity to show how sorry I am for everything. If your honour is so inclined, I am even willing to undergo physical castration if that way I can stay home and raise my daughter.”

Dannheisser did not respond to Lua’s request and instead sentenced him to 12 years in state prison, followed by 15 years of probation.

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Lua, a former English teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, accepted a plea bargain in October 2019, pleading guilty to charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child, unlawful sexual activity with minors and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with minors.

“He seemed to seek out girls that came from unstable or troubled homes,” Assistant State Attorney Erin Ambrose said in court Wednesday.

“He manipulated them, and he betrayed them because he was a teacher.”

Lua was arrested three separate times last year after allegations arose that he coerced a student into sending him an inappropriate video, that he had sex with an underage student and that he had sexually assaulted an 18-year-old former student.

The allegations against him resulted in five criminal cases based on the claims of four victims.

“Part of the plea bargain was that he would plead down to the most serious charge related to each victim,” Ambrose told the News Journal.

“Two of the five cases are being dismissed based on evidentiary issues and (one of the victim’s) specific request that the cases not go forward.”

Lua’s first arrest was Jan. 17, 2019, after a school resource officer received a tip that Lua was having inappropriate communications with minors. Lua later admitted to using a fictitious Instagram account to solicit juveniles for sex.

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He was arrested for a second time on Jan. 30, 2019, after a juvenile student told authorities that he had sex with her at his home. His third arrest was Feb. 6, 2019, after an adult former student of Lua’s accused him of sexually assaulting her.

At Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Lua told the court he suffered from a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis that has caused numerous painful, tumorous growths on his skin since the age of 14. Lua said he was suffering from frequent panic attacks around the time of his crimes because of fears and concerns about the disease.

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“If I’m with my family or when I might sit down and read a book, I think about the tumors, and I think ‘Oh my God, this might be my last day on earth,” he said.

However, Ambrose dismissed that idea in court.

“This condition did not seem to debilitate him while he was trolling the halls, looking for students to have sex with,” the prosecutor said.

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