Makurdi - A Makurdi High Court Judge,
Justice Jennifer Ijohor, on Thursday, sentenced a housewife, Mrs Ternenge
Tersoo, to death by hanging for the murder of her one year-old step son,
Mrs Tersoo of Mbayegh-Gaav in Konshisha Local Government
Area of Benue was found guilty of culpable homicide punishable with death under
Section 221 of the Penal Code.
The convict's husband, Mr Iorchir Tersoo, reported the
matter to the police on May 28, 2012 that his first wife had killed his son.
Tersoo said he had been married to the convict for seven
years without a child, which made him to marry a second wife, Torkwase Tersoo,
who gave birth to the deceased within one year.
The complainant said that his first wife had complained
bitterly that the little boy and his mother had taken over the affairs of the
house and that the husband gave more attention to the second wife.
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According to him, the convict collected the child from his
nanny and strangled him to death.
During trial, however, the convict pleaded not guilty to the
charge against her and testified in her own defence without calling any
However, the prosecution called two witnesses, including the
Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Cpl Solomon Mnyim, who tendered a medical report
of the autopsy carried out on the deceased at the General Hospital, Vandeikya.
Delivering judgment, Ijohor said that prosecution had proved
its case beyond any reasonable doubt to warrant the conviction of the accused.
The judge said the autopsy report showed that the boy was
actually strangulated to death.
She condemned the situation where a woman would take the
life of another person's child and advised that a woman married into polygamous
home and had no child should pray to God for the gift rather than harbouring