An Edo State High Court has sentenced a maid, Dominion Okoro, to death by hanging for killing Madame Maria Oredola Igbinedion, the mother of former Edo State Governor Chief Lucky Igbinedion.

The 25-year-old convict killed the deceased who was his boss with a stool with the intention of robbing her of N100,000 on December 1, 2021, at his residence in Ugbor Community, Local Government Area of Oredo in Edo State.

The trial judge, Judge Efe Ikponmwonba, who delivered the verdict on Monday, held the convict, after also using cotton to poke the nose of the deceased, called a taxi driver to escape from the house the next day morning.

The convict confessed to police that she bought Indian hemp which she used to cook a meal for her late boss in order to weaken and kill her.

The judge felt that the testimony of the pathologist on the cause of death, the testimony of other prosecution witnesses in addition to the convict’s confessional statement, it was safe for the court to send the convict to the gallows.

In the case of Patience Okoro, the older sister of the convict in the case, the court noted that the only evidence linking her to the case was that Dominion called her to inform her after she committed the deed.

Patience was therefore released and acquitted of the charge of accessory to murder, accordingly.