Court jails woman five years for cannibalism, husbands hands over baby to spend it with her

Culled from The Punch

Itu High Court in Itu Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, has sentenced a 30-year-old woman, Mrs. Blessing Edet, to five years for cannibalism.

Edet had on December 29, 2010, during a brawl, bit the ear of her neighbour, Mrs. Edidiong Edet, chewed and swallowed the same.

Edet and Edidiong were living in the same house at Enen Afaha Itam area of the state.

The presiding judge, Justice Godwin Abraham, condemned the act by Edet, describing it as barbaric. He warned her to desist from criminal activities.

Abraham, before pronouncing the jail term on Edet, said the accused committed the offence and caused grievous bodily harm to the victim contrary to Section 344 of the Criminal Code 2000 Law of Akwa Ibom State.

Abraham said, “This honourable court, hereby sentences the accused person, Mrs. Blessing Edet, to a five-year jail term as a first offender. This will serve as a deterrent to others.”

The convict remained impassive during the proceeding and after the judgement. Her husband, Ifiok, handed their one-year-old baby to Blessing to serve prison term with her.

Meanwhile, three other persons accused of murdering Captain Eno Udoh (retd) have been remanded in prison custody till June 27, 2013.

Nnamso Okon, Victor Elijah and one unidentified person were alleged to have conspired and murdered Udoh in September 30, 2010.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.


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