A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has sentenced Gracious David-West, a serial killer, to death by hanging.
In his judgement on Friday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebele said the suspect was convicted of the murder of eleven young women and attempted murder of a prospective victim identified as Benita Etim in a hotel in 2019.
Justice Enebele held that the prosecution team was able to convince the court that David-West actually killed all eleven women at various hotel rooms in Port Harcourt and other parts of the state.
The court however discharged and acquitted the second defendant in the case, Nimi ThankGod, who is facing one count of misconduct with the corpse of one of David-West’s victims.
Friday’s judgement comes after about six months of trial after the arrest of the convict.
David-West, who was arrested and paraded by the police in September 2019, confessed to killing seven young women; one in Lagos State, one in Owerri, Imo State, and five others in Rivers State.
In his plea, David-West pleaded for leniency on the grounds that he is a father of three children.
However, the state prosecuting counsel led by Chidi Ekeh, said the convict didn’t deserve any leniency and urged the court to ensure justice in the matter.
Meanwhile, David-West’s lawyer, Vincent Chukwu has disclosed that his client will appeal the judgement