Wicked Step-Mother sentence to death in Benin for using 2 year old girl for ritual
On Monday the Benin High Court sentenced 3 people to death for the stealing and murder of a 2 year old girl. The shocking part was the act was carried out by the late girl’s step mother and 2 teachers.
Betty Stephen, the step mother of the little girl was asked to take care of th girl while the parents went to farm. Betty Stephen handed the girl to Johnson Ogbeide while the man transferred the girl to Nancy Aiwuyor, who sold her for ritual purposes.
Explaining the gruesome incident Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo said, ‘When the victim’s parents returned, they could not find the child, only for the stepmother to confess that she had stolen the child with the two other convicts.’
The trial judge also said that the prosecution established that the victim was sold for N1.5 million, her nine fingers cut off, her hair shaved as directed for the ritual.
According to Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo,
‘Seven years after the victim disappeared in the hands of the convicts without being found, the court was safe to hold that the child was dead.’
‘The acts of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd accused persons which caused the death of the deceased were unlawful.’ Imadegbelo said.
The court also sentenced the convicts to 14- year jail term each for the offence of child stealing.