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Guilty Conscience: Teenager Confesses Strangling Mother After Burial, Remanded

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A Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, the Ondo state capital has ordered the remand of Tope Momoh, 18, for the alleged murder of his mother, Mrs Stella Momoh.

The defendant was accused of strangling the deceased to death during an argument in Ikakumo Akoko Community, Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state on September 6, 2022.

He was arraigned in court on a single count of murder.

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Nelson Akintimehin, the prosecutor, told the court that the defendant strangled his mother to death in the middle of the night for calling him a bastard, and that he confessed to the crime two weeks after the deceased was buried.

Akintimehin also informed the court that the cause  of the sudden death of the deceased was not known, until her son claimed to be responsible.

According to the prosecutor , the offence committed contravenes Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. II Law of Ondo State, 2006.

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

Pleading in court , defendant said,  “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. I want the court to show me mercy.”

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Musa Al-Yunnus , in his ruling, ordered the defendant to be remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre and adjourned the case till October 20, 2022.

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