A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state has condemned a serial killer, Gracious David-West, to death by hanging for murdering nine young women at different hotels in the state.Davis-West. who is an indigene of Rivers State, killed his victims between July and September, 2019 and his attempt to kill his 10th victim identified as Benita Etim triggered an investigation that led to his arrest.
The trial judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, who found him guilty following diligent prosecution by the state, said he should be hanged in the neck until he is confirmed dead.
The second defendant in the case, Nimi ThankGod, a manager of one of the hotels in Port Harcourt where one of the young women was killed, was however discharged and acquitted by the judge following failures of the prosecuting lawyer to link her to the crime.
The lawyer to David-West, Vincent Chukwu, in his plea on behalf of his client, begged the court for leniency on the grounds that he is a father of three young children.
However, the prosecuting lawyer, Chidi Ekeh, said David-West did not deserve any leniency and urged the court to ensure justice in the matter.
The convict had during his arrest and parade by the police in September, 2019, confessed to killing seven young women; one in Lagos, one in Owerri, Imo State, and five in Rivers State.