5 to die by hanging for killing ‘Witch’

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A Plateau State High Court has sentenced five persons to death by hanging for killing an old woman tagged a witch.

The convicts had ac­cused the deceased of being behind some of the mysterious hap­penings at Kwogu vil­lage in Riyom local government area of the state. 
The victim, Mama Lyop Badung, was beaten to death while the girl who was said to have died of her witchcraft was Rachael Yohann.

The accused persons were sentenced on two count charges of crim­inal conspiracy and culpable homicide. The convicted persons are Yohanna Davou, John Davou, Pam Davou, Pam Dalyop and one other.

Justice Christine Dabup sentenced the accused persons to death by hanging without any option of fine. 
After the judgment, the prosecuting coun­sel agreed that it was barbaric to kill a hu­man being on accu­sation of witchcraft. “Anybody suspected to be a witch should not be manhandled or killed until the law takes its full course”, he said.

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