Mother Arrested In Austria For Killing Three Daughters

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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.

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Man Allegedly Kills Mother, Two Children In Anambra  

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Anambra shares borders with Delta state to the south-west.

 

Tragedy struck in Nnewi area of Anambra State after a 47-year-old man allegedly killed his mother and two of his children.

Channels Television learned that the suspect, Emeka Ezimadu, committed the act with a machete while they were sleeping.

The incident was said to have occurred on Thursday night at Okpuneze Uruagu in Nnewi North local government area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident.

He said the police have arrested the man and commenced an investigation into the incident.

“On the September 17, at about 11:55 pm, Police operatives attached to Nnewi Division arrested one Emeka Ezimadu ‘m’ aged 47years of Okpuneze Uruagu in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State,” he said.

The police spokesman said no explanation was obtained as to the cause of the ugly, adding that the suspect, who owns a sabbath mission, was suspected to be mentally unstable.

Apart from killing his 85-year-old mother,  the suspect also attacked two other children said to be battling for their lives in a hospital while his wife reportedly escaped.

Khashoggi Murder: Saudi Scraps Death Sentences, Jails Eight

File photo of Jamal Khashoggi

 

 

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.

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Police Exhume Corpse Of Woman Allegedly Killed By Neighbour In Delta

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Faleye Olayele, speaks on the murder of a 36-year-old woman in Delta State.

 

The body of a 36-year-old woman has been found buried in a shallow grave close to an apartment within the Government Reserved Area of Asaba, the Delta State capital.

The lady identified as Obiageli Onakanse was allegedly murdered and buried by her neighbour and gate-man.

Upon investigations, after she was declared missing two weeks ago, her body has been exhumed with inflicted head injuries and several machetes cut all over her corpse.

Briefing Channels Television, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Faleye Olayele, commended the Divisional Police Officer for arresting the suspects.

He, however, revealed that the police authorities will unravel the real circumstances behind the murder of the victim.

The police boss explained that the suspect initially failed to confess to the crime but he later admitted to his deed on September 3.

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“He later confessed to the crime after the DPO has done a lot of job on him. Then he led the policemen to this building here.

“From this building, the DPO and his detectives deed a good job and they were able to discover a shallow grave where the security man killed and buried that woman in the shallow grave,” he said.

Olaleye who led Channels Television to the apartment where the victim lived before being murdered, had just her and one Nonso Ekene as tenants.

The police chief revealed that both Ekene and the security man have been arrested in a bid to unravel the mystery behind the gruesome killing.

Kidnapped Wives, Child Of Murdered Bauchi Lawmaker Regain Freedom

The member representing Dass constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante, said to have been killed by gunmen on August 14, 2020.

 

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.

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“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,” he said.

Gunmen had attacked and killed Barassa at his residence in Dass, abducted his wives and one-year-old daughter last week Thursday.

Police authorities said four empty shells of live ammunition were recovered at the scene of the murder, adding that the incident is being investigated.

China Clears Man Of Murder After 27 Years Behind Bars

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Chinese court has overturned the murder conviction of a man who spent 27 years behind bars for the crime, in a high-profile case that has thrown a spotlight on police torture in the justice system.

Zhang Yuhuan, 52, was jailed for the murder of two young boys in 1993 but always maintained he was tortured by police and forced to confess.

After serving nearly three decades in prison, a court in east China exonerated Zhang on Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence to support his conviction.

“After we reviewed the materials we found there is no direct evidence that can prove Zhang’s conviction,” the Jiangxi High People’s Court said in a statement.

“So we… have declared Zhang innocent.”

Zhang was China’s longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

He was originally given a death sentence in 1995 but it was commuted to life imprisonment after he served two years in jail.

Following several unsuccessful appeals, the Jiangxi court in March last year finally agreed to retry the case.

It then concluded it was not possible to prove that sacks and hemp rope found at the murder scene and identified as tools in the crime were connected to Zhang.

After a tearful reunion with his family, Zhang ate glutinous rice balls and braised eggs as part of his first home-cooked meal in nearly three decades, Xinhua reported.

The court apologised to Zhang for the wrongful conviction.

Zhang’s lawyer Wang Fei told state-run China Daily that his client will seek compensation.

“We’re also planning to ask that those who committed judicial miscarriages in the case be held accountable,” Wang said.

Observers have regularly raised concerns about due process in China, where the courts have a conviction rate of about 99 percent.

Bode George Demands Justice For Funsho Williams 14 Years After Murder

Funsho Williams was murdered under controversial circumstances in 2006. 14 years after his death, Politician, Bode George is demanding justice. (File Photo)

 

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.

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Chief Bode George is demanding justice for Funsho Williams (File Photo)

 

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.

Murderer Executed By Lethal Injection In Us Despite Dementia Claims

This undated image obtained from the Kansas Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Wesley Ira Purkey.  Kansas Department of Corrections / AFP

 

 

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.

 

File: US Supreme Court Photo: Eric Thayer / AFP

 

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.

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Six Members Of One Family Murdered In Mexico

A soldier stands guard next to a security transport truck after it was ambushed by an armed group who killed four private guards in an assault on the Guadalajara-El Arenal highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 19, 2020. ULISES RUIZ / AFP
PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: A soldier stands guard next to a security transport truck after it was ambushed by an armed group who killed four private guards in an assault on the Guadalajara-El Arenal highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on June 19, 2020. ULISES RUIZ / AFP

 

Six members of one family, including a minor, were killed in their home by an armed group in central Mexico, the local prosecutor’s office has said.

Gunmen arrived at the house in Celaya in Guanajuato state on Thursday night and started setting off “explosions targeting the family,” it added.

Investigators found three women and two men dead at the scene, as well as a minor whose age and gender were not given, the prosecutor’s office said Friday.

Two other women were wounded and taken to hospital, according to the state security ministry.

Celaya’s mayor condemned the killings and said he would help with the investigation.

Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s main industrial centers and has attracted the attention of violent cartels involved in drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and stealing petrol.

Atlanta Policeman To Face Murder Charges For Shooting Black Man

 

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.

Edo Police Confirm Death Of Lawyer, Arrest Alleged Killers

 

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.

#JusticeForUwa: Protesters Storm Police Headquarters In Edo

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.

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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.

See more photos from the protest below…