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Court remands teenager for strangling mother to death

An Akure Chief Magistrates Court has ordered that a 18-year-old teenager identified as Tope Momoh be remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre for strangling his mother to death.

Reports said he committed the offence on the midnight of September 6, 2022 at Ikakumi Akoko, Ondo State.

Momoh was arraigned for strangling his mother, Stella, to death for calling him a bastard, a word that, triggered his anger, according to him.

He already confessed to be the killer of his mother, who was 52-year-old before her death.

The teenager admitted his crime two weeks after his mother was buried.

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Momoh, who was arraigned before the court on a one count charge of murder, pleaded for mercy.

The prosecutor, Nelson Akintimehin explained to the court that the cause of the mother’s death was unknown until her son confessed to be the killer.

“Momoh in his confession, said he was forced to tell his relatives that he strangled his mother to death when she woke him up in the midnight, raining curses on him and calling him a bastard repeatedly.”

Akintimehin said the offence contravenes Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. II Law of Ondo State, 2006.

When allowed to speak, Momoh told the court that, “I did not have rest of mind since my mother has been buried. So, I was forced to confess that I strangled her to death. So, I want the court to show me mercy.”

However, the prosecutor, urged the court to remand the defendant in a custodial centre, pending the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Momoh’s plea was not taken but the Presiding Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunnus, ordered his remand at the Olokuta Correctional Centre.

Al-Yunnus adjourned the case to October 20, 2022.

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