Three young men, Moses Etisi, Sunday Shebobo and Moses Pender Otobrise, were found guilty of committing armed robbery and murder and, therefore, were sentenced to death by the High Court of Justice sitting in Otu-Jeremi judicial division, Delta State.
The fourth accused person, Daniel Ejesemehpia, was discharged and acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence linking him to the crime.
A prosecutor from the state Ministry of Justice had told the court that Moses Etisi, Sunday Shebobo, Moses Otobrise and the discharged accused person, Daniel Ejesemephia, had robbed one Sunday Ibru Oduaran of his brand new unregistered Simba motorcycle and killed him when he resisted the attack.
Prosecution said the crime took place around July 2008 at Owodokpokpo Olomo within the Otu-Jeremi Judicial Division, an offence punishable under Sections 319 and 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11, Volume 14, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Prosecution further told the court that the four accused persons were arrested with the aid of a vigilante group in the area after the bandits attempted to sell the said motorcycle which was already dismantled to avoid suspicion.
The bandits were reported to the chairman of the local vigilante group after an alleged disagreement with the robbers which he did not earlier suspect due to the high price placed on the motorbike.
The gang leader was discovered to be the son of the vigilance Chairman, who ordered his arrest despite their biological link. According to the chairman, he had always been suspicious of his son because of his expensive lifestyle and high taste.
The court found the three robbers guilty of murder and armed robbery, which they admitted to have committed in their confessional statements to the police and they were slammed with the death verdict, the mandatory punishment for the offences committed.