Blessing Edet, a 27-year-old woman, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for the crime of stabbing her fiancé, Edet Ebong, 33, to death during a fight over her refusal to wear an engagement ring he gave to her at their residence in Lagos.
According to a verified source, the Lagos State government arraigned the convict on the 5th of July 2017, on a lone count charge of murder before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo. The prosecution, Mr F. Oyedale, had alleged that Edet committed the offence on August 18th 2015, at about 12:15 am at her residence at No. 1, Falana Street, Ogombo, Lekki, Lagos.
The prosecution counsel called out five witnesses during the trial including the sister to the deceased, Esther Ebong, who is a medical doctor and the Investigating Police Officer while the accused Blessing testified in her defence.
Blessing told the court that the deceased ‘Edet Ebong’ came to her apartment at midnight, woke her up and requested her to cook a meal for him which she blatantly refused because she was tired.
The convict further explained that the late Ebong then went into the kitchen and found the engagement ring he had given her which she forgot beside the stove and he suddenly became very angry and asked her why she was not wearing the ring and at this point, the deceased who was obviously very angry broke their mirror and used part of it to stab her as a result of which she cried out to the neighbours for help.
The accused further acknowledged that it was in the course of the fight that happened between them that she stabbed Ebong in his stomach with a kitchen knife before any of their neighbours got there.
Justice Taiwo delivering judgement on Wednesday 9th October 2019 held that Blessing acted in self-defence. The trial judge also commuted the charge of murder against Blessing to voluntary manslaughter. Justice Taiwo held that the convict never intended to cause serious bodily harm to the deceased when she stabbed him in the lower part of his abdomen and hence the judge sentenced the convict to ten years imprisonment, which will take effect from August 2019 when she was remanded at Kirikiri Female Prisons.