A mother confessed Saturday to killing her three young daughters in an apartment in Vienna, Austrian police said, without giving a motive.
The 31-year-old called the emergency services in the early hours saying she wanted to kill herself, and when police turned up they found the bodies of an eight-month-old baby and a three-year-old girl.
The woman’s nine-year-old daughter was taken to hospital but was unable to be saved, police said, adding that the mother had some light injuries herself.
According to local media reports, the three girls were suffocated.
A Saudi court on Monday overturned five death sentences over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in a final ruling that jailed eight defendants to between seven and 20 years, state media reported.
“Five of the convicts were given 20 years in prison and another three were jailed for 7-10 years,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing a spokesman for the public prosecutor.
None of the defendants were named in what was described as the final court ruling on the killing which had sparked an international outcry.
The verdict came after Khashoggi’s sons said in May they had “pardoned” the killers, a move condemned as a “parody of justice” by a UN expert.
The family’s pardon spared the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the 2018 murder in a December court ruling, which was lambasted by human rights groups after two top aides to the crown prince were exonerated.
Khashoggi — a royal family insider turned critic — was killed and dismembered at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, in a case that tarnished the reputation of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Khashoggi, a 59-year-old critic of the crown prince, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate, according to Turkish officials. His remains have not been found.
Riyadh has described the murder as a “rogue” operation, but both the CIA and a United Nations special envoy have directly linked Prince Mohammed to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.
The two wives and a child of the lawmaker representing Dass Constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Musa Mante Barassa, have regained their freedom.
Channels Television learned that the victims regained their freedom after spending four days in captivity.
The Chief of Staff, Bauchi Government House, Dr Ladan Salihu, announced the news of their release on his Twitter handle.
Alhamdulillah! The Wives of Hon Musa Baraza, Bauchi House Member murdered 4 days ago in Dass have regained freedom.The one year-old baby abducted along with them is also released. Gov Bala Mohammed has directed Doctors and Security to give them adequate care and attention.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Leader of Ọmọ Eko Pataki Forum, Chief Olabode George, has called for justice over the death of Funsho Williams.
In a statement on Monday, George appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of the brutal murder of the politician after 14 years of the incident.
He said the law should be animated to fish out those who murdered Williams so that they can pay the supreme price.
Williams was murdered on July 27, 2006, under controversial circumstances in the run-up to the Lagos State Governorship election for which he was an aspirant.
“It has been 14 years now when a terrible dark cloud fell upon the Lagosian entity and upon all lovers of freedom. It was really a very sad day on that horrific July 27, 2006, as the blood-soaked body of Engineer Funsho Williams was discovered in his Dolphin residence in Ikoyi,” the statement read in part.
“Funsho Williams, the famous Ọmọluabi Eko had been murdered in gruesome circumstances. He was tied, gagged and stabbed by some evil assassins apparently paid to stop his gubernatorial ambition. He was only 58-years-old when he was taken away from us by cowardly men who reposed in dark, brutish villainy”.
While stating that the memory of Williams will never be forgetten, George said the Ọmọ Eko Pataki group will never compromise on ensuring that the “beloved son of Lagos gets a deserved justice”.
See the full statement below.
Funsho Williams: Ọmọluabi Eko Still Waiting For Justice
It has been 14 years now when a terrible dark cloud fell upon the Lagosian entity and upon all lovers of freedom. It was really a very sad day on that horrific July 27, 2006 as the blood soaked body of Engineer Funsho Williams was discovered in his Dolphin residence in Ikoyi.
Funsho Williams, the famous Ọmọluabi Eko had been murdered in gruesome circumstances. He was tied, gagged and stabbed by some evil assassins apparently paid to stop his gubernatorial ambition. He was only 58 years old when he was taken away from us by cowardly men who reposed in dark, brutish villainy.
With the murder of Funsho Williams, who stood at the threshold of triumphing at the general election, a great dream was shattered. The hopes of millions of Lagosians who were hearkening to be rescued from what was then building up as a gradual servitude of the Lagosian natives, was dashed.
We mourn this great Lagosian with a deep, aching wound.
For Funsho Williams was our bright, shining star, a symbol of truth and redemptive thoroughness, our liberative metaphor from the vicious grip of the wandering usurpers.
Funsho was in heart and soul a gentleman of the first order. He was a man of class and nobility; a taciturn original Lagosian whose significant attainments were well woven around his meritorious academic and professional leadership.
He was a mover of men and mountains whose visionary sweep was far beyond selfish political advantages.
He led a superable movement that roused all hearts and souls in Lagos in passionate embrace.
He was a gentle giant with few words, without hate, without malice; stripped of animosity, but strong in purpose, genuine in vision, gallant in spirit, reposed in full selfless candor that is rare in politics.
The Ọmọluabi Eko came to serve. He came to heal the broken places. He came to salvage the ruined house of locusts that the usurpers had turned Lagos into. But this wonderful mission was abrupted by evil men.
Those who killed Funsho Williams might have killed a man. But not his dream of rescuing and salvaging our society. We continue where he stopped.
On this mournful occasion when the wounds are still fresh, we urge those who use Funsho Williams name to push patently untidy, undignified, alleged palliatives agenda to desist forthwith.
This demeans what Funsho Williams represented. It is a mockery of a great dream and a great man. It is self-serving and hideous.
We cry out for justice now. We cry out that the long reaches of the law should be animated to fish out those who murdered Funsho Williams so that they can pay the supreme price.
We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of the brutal murder of Engineer Funsho Williams.
The President has done the right thing by re-opening the investigation of the murder of Chief Bola Ige.
He will be greatly enhanced in historical reckoning and signification if his administration is attested as being the one that finally nailed the evil characters hiding at plain sight who murdered Funsho Williams.
I am particularly passionate about Funsho who many of his acolytes adorably called Captain.
Funsho was my junior at the University of Lagos. We were both Engineering students but sprung from different departments. While he was in Civil Engineering, I was in the Electrical Department.
He was reserved and humble. He was gentle but reflective with sharp analytical convictions. There was always a certain piety about him, an effective calibration in self-effacing innocence. He meant no arm to anyone.
But he was firm, resolved, dedicated to the righteous path.
We will never forget him. We will never compromise on ensuring that this beloved son of Lagos gets a deserved justice.
On our part as Ọmọ Eko Pataki, we will not rest. We will not slumber nor sleep until justice prevails over evil. This is our mission. This is our purpose.
A 68-year-old murderer was executed by lethal injection in the US state of Indiana on Thursday despite claims by his attorneys that he was suffering from dementia and did not know why he was being put to death.
Wesley Ira Purkey, of Kansas, was pronounced dead at 8:19 am (1219 GMT) at Terre Haute prison, the Justice Department said.
Purkey was convicted in 2003 of the 1998 rape, murder and dismemberment of 16-year-old Jennifer Long. He was also found guilty of beating an 80-year-old woman to death with a hammer.
A reporter for the Indianapolis Star who witnessed the execution said Purkey appeared lucid and aware of his surroundings after being strapped to a gurney.
“I deeply regret the pain and suffering I’ve caused Jennifer’s family,” the newspaper quoted Purkey as saying in his final words. “This sanitized murder really does not serve no purpose whatsoever.”
Purkey was the second federal inmate to be executed this week after President Donald Trump ordered a resumption of federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.
Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, a former white supremacist convicted of the 1996 murders of a family of three, was put to death by lethal injection on Tuesday.
Rebecca Goodman, one of Purkey’s lawyers, had appealed to the Supreme Court in a bid to halt his execution, claiming he was a “severely brain-damaged and mentally ill man who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”
“Though he has long accepted responsibility for his crime, he no longer has a rational understanding of why the government plans to execute him,” Woodman said.
A US District Court judge ordered the execution halted so Purkey could undergo a mental competency hearing and the order was upheld by a US Court of Appeals.
But the Supreme Court overturned the lower court orders overnight, clearing the way for Purkey to be put to death.
“Purkey has finally faced justice,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.
Another federal inmate, Dustin Lee Honken, 52, is to be executed on Friday for five murders including those of two girls aged 10 and six.
The death penalty was reinstated on the federal level in 1988 but had been used on only three occasions before the executions of Lee and Purkey — the last time in 2003.
Trump, who faces a tough reelection battle in November, has called for stepped-up use of capital punishment, especially for drug traffickers and killers of police officers.
Only a handful of US states, mainly in the conservative South, still actively carry out executions. In 2019, 22 people were put to death.
Most crimes are tried under state laws, but federal courts handle some of the most serious offenses, including terror attacks, hate crimes and racketeering cases.
Among the most notable recent federal executions was that of Timothy McVeigh, who was put to death by lethal injection in 2001 for the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.
An Atlanta police officer will face felony murder charges for the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was shot in the back as he fled the officer, District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday.
Howard said Garrett Rolfe had no justification for shooting Brooks, and aggravated the case by kicking Brook’s body as he lay on the ground bleeding.
“We concluded that, at the time that Mr Brooks was shot, he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officers,” Howard said.
The police in Edo State have confirmed the death of a lawyer in the state, Iyoha Osobase Omon after his killers were said to have confessed to the crime and led a police team to the shallow grave where he was buried in Benin City the Edo State capital.
The command in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dsp Chidi Nwabuzor, said Osobase’s remains were on Tuesday exhumed by pathologists from the Central Hospital Benin City and taken to the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy.
According to the police, the command received a complaint on May 7, 2020, that barrister Omon, (41 years old) had been kidnapped by one Osasu Osadolor and his gang members at Evbuomodu village, Aduwawa, Benin City.
It said after preliminary investigations, operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrime unit immediately took over the case from the Aduwawa division.
It also noted that on May 19, 2020, the alleged kidnap kingpin, Osadolor, was arrested with a black coloured Lexus 330 jeep reg. No. Ben-374-cu, said to have been used in kidnapping the victim.
Police operatives of the unit were also said to have (on May 26, 2020), arrested three additional suspects namely: Uwadia Taiwo Uhunmwangho (38 years old), John Oke (30 years old) and Saturday Imagbe (40 years old) with one Audi 80 car reg. No. Ca-956-ben also used in kidnapping the victim.
The suspects were said to have confessed to beating up the victim and later dropped him somewhere along old Benin-Auchi Road, Aduwawa, Benin City.
The police statement further revealed that on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the operatives arrested two more gang members, one Leonard David (21 years old) and Valentine Dibie (24 years old).
They maintained that all the suspects confessed to conspiracy, kidnapping and the murder of Mr. Omon whom they allegedly killed and buried in a bush close to his house at Aduwawa, Benin City.
Protesters including students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), activists and concerned individuals on Monday stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Edo State demanding justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.
Uwaila, a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology in UNIBEN was reported to have been raped and killed by some hoodlums inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.
This sparked outrage with #JusticeForUwa dominating social media trend on Sunday.
The protesters wearing black outfits and bearing placards decrying rape staged a walk from the Kings Square area of Benin City and eventually took their message to the state police command headquarters.
The deputy commissioner of police, operations, Ayoola Ajala who received the protesters, assured that investigations have commenced and arrests have made in connection to Uwa’s murder.
He also debunked allegations that the police station where the matter was reported to refused to look into the incident for lack of funding.
Meanwhile, Uwa’s siblings who were also part of the protest demanded that justice be served promptly.