An Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has sentenced Uduak Frank Akpan to death by hanging for the murder of Iniubong Umoren.
The judge, Bassey Nkanang, in his judgement on Thursday, said the convicted man will be put to death by hanging.
Nkanang also found Mr Akpan guilty of rape and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
The judge said the prosecution has proved beyond doubt the case of rape and murder against Mr Akpan.
He, however, discharged and acquitted the father and sister of Mr Akpan, who were the 2nd and the 3rd defendants in the case.
After the judge read out the judgment, the convicted rapist attempted to escape from the courtroom but was overpowered by security officials.
Mr Nkanang took over two hours to finish reading the judgement.
It would be recalled that Uduak-Abasi Akpan had lured Iniubong Umoren out of her home with a fake job interview, raped and killed her in April, 2021, in the outskirts of Uyo.
He later buried her remains in a shallow grave in his family house where the crime took place.
Uduak-Abasi Akpan had in his confessional statement said:
“I first used condom to have sex with Iniubong Umoren and later removed the condom because I did not enjoy the sex.
She became infuriated and I reached out to a stabilizer and a box iron and used it to hit her abdominal part and started to bleed.
I hit her again and she screamed.
I used her jean trousers and strangled her and she became lifeless.“