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Manslaughter: Nollywood star, Ibinabo convicted

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  1. chi

    chi I am blessed

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    Manslaughter: Nollywood star, Ibinabo jailed
    OLATUNBOSUN SOWEMIMO

    Nollywood actress, Miss Ibinabo Fiberesima was yesterday convicted of murder and sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the Igbosere division of the Lagos Magistrate Court.

    The presiding magistrate, Mr. A.O. Isaac however gave her an option to pay N100,000 fine, which Saturday Champion gathered she did yesterday.

    Fiberesima was last year arraigned on a one-count charge of man slaughter which she pleaded not guilty.

    She was alleged to have killed a male medical doctor identified as Suraju Giwa while driving carelessly and under the influence of alcohol along Lekki/Epe Expressway in Lagos, last year.

    Ibinabo was said to have been seriously drunk while driving the vehicle ( a jeep) belonging to her erstwhile lover, Daniel Wilson, in which she was with some other girls.

    Confirmed sources said the deceased’s family members had last year dragged her to court, following her non-challant attitude to the issue.

    Though the actress pleaded not guilty, the prosecution called five witnesses during the trial to prove its case, and all the five who, included two eye witnesses, gave detailed account of how the offence was committed, to the court.

    The magistrate thus held he was totally convinced that the actress committed the offence, having looked at the circumstances surrounding the matter as well as the account of the prosecution witnesses.

    He found her guilty as charged and convicted her, accordingly.

    Though, she had, after making few telephone contacts, raised the N100,000 fine, the fact now remains that Ibinabo Fiberesima is a convict.

    When contacted by our reporter, the convict admitted having raised and paid the fine, but on further enquiry about her trial, she banged the phone on us.

    By her conviction, Nollywood now records its third stars convicted in just six months.

    Saturday Champion recalls that a popular Yoruba film actress, Mrs Yetunde Taiwo Akinwande was convicted for drug trafficking in February this year, while just two weeks ago, James Oduputa was also convicted for hard drug and sentenced to eight month imprisonment, without an option of fine.

    http://www.champion-newspapers.com/saturday files/saturday articles/article_3.htm
     
  2. Sola

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    Ah, this is sad...
     
  3. peculiar

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but how can she be convicted of murder when there was no intention to kill? :confused:
    Murder is a crime of "Specific Intent" and recklessness cannot be considered to be intention, but it is evidence from which intention can be inferred. Oh well, I better not mix up English Law with Nigerian law. Come to think of it, is it all that different?

    I'm still surprised at the conviction, I thought Manslaughter should have been the charge.

    In addition, the punishment is laughable. There's a saying that "the punishment must fit the crime". The Nigerian Judicial system is making a mockery of some of the principles of justice. Not forgeting the actress who was fined after being caught with drugs. This is both unbelievable and confusing at the same time.
     
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    Are you refering to the charge, the sentence or the conviction?
     
  6. Atlakos

    Atlakos Life, Love & Happiness

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    drunk driving killa
    and they only gave her seven years.
    thats nonsense - they need to give her 77yrs.
    There is no excuse for drunk driving.
     
  7. Meddeen250

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    I thought the article claim the judge gave her an option of "N100,000 fine". That means she can either go to jail or pay the fine. :confused:
     
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    The inconsistencies in the article are so obvious.
     
  9. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    hehehehe.........maybe the journalist thinks murder n manslaughter r d same thing.....afterall both refers to someone being killed as a result of another persons action albeit premeditated or not!
     
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    Hiya, i thought they settled the case already.
     
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    I agree it is bribery on a higher level... IF you have the money you clearly can BUY your way out of ANY situation!
     
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    my heart goes out to the victim's family, who says stardom and money can't u a free pass on life, nawa o
     
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    phew when I saw the topic of the article I thot say ibinabo don anger well well..dat she done use style go kill zeb ejiro for claiming her work....phew pls naija ppl dis una article topic get as it be sometimes
     
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    @highlighted. OK, we will disown you as our NR journalist if you make such mistakes. :spiny:
     
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    sweat:sweat:
     
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    So let me get this straight. She took a human life and she gets to pay money and get away. Unbelievable. If she was indeed drunk, she should spend a long time in jail and then see the significance of life. Apparently, life is not worth anything to her.
     
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    The hypocricy of the judicial system is that she has to pay a cheap 100,000- that is 600 Euros folks-to walk free after killing somebody under the influence!What about also banning her from driving all her life?
    This is sad indeed:confused:
     
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  19. KikisMuffin

    KikisMuffin I no get ya time!!

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    Well well well
     
  20. Maxi

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    This sad for that poor doctor and his family...

    Ibinabo should be in jail!!
     
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