A Bayelsa High Court sitting in Yenagoa on Monday pronounced a verdict of death-by-hanging on a 27-year old murderer, Mr Kurotimi Clarckson, who conspired with two others to assassinate the Executive Secretary of Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), Chief Simeon Akpane.
The trial judge, Justice Margaret Akpomiemien condemned Kurotimi to death after convicting him of the one count charge of murder preferred against him.
Kurotimi’s accomplices who were charged with him for the murder of the INEC scribe temporarily escaped the hammer on Monday.
The accomplices including one Freedom Allen who purportedly pulled the trigger were unavailable for sentencing.
They had escaped into the thin air in a recent jail break in a Federal prison formation located in Okaka , Yenagoa.
Delivering judgment in the murder case on Monday, Justice Margaret Akpomiemien, held that all the elements that constituted murder in law, had been successfully proven by the prosecution team from the Office of the Special Prosecutor on Violent Crimes and other Related Offences, led by Arthur Andrew.
The judge further held that the plea of alibi by the convict was inadmissible, as the court was convinced that Clarkson, a father of two, was on the scene of the crime on the 10th of October 2014, when the incident happened.
Justice Akpomiemien also said that the International Mobile Equipment Identity , IMEI, on the pack of the phone which was snatched from the deceased, as presented to the court by the deceased’s wife and through which the convict was traced, were exactly the same.
Bar and Bench Watch reports that Kurotimi Clarkson, the only son to his parents, was said to be a member of the three-man gang that shot the BSIEC scribe in the head in 2014.