Cook jailed for killing brother over meat

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A Lagos High Court in Igbosere has sentenced a cook, Janet James who beat her eight-year-old brother Saviour Effiong James to death for stealing meat from a pot of soup on August 10, 2009 to fourteen years imprisonment.

Justice Adedayo Akintoye convicted James, following her plea of guilty to an amended one-count charge of manslaughter.

The judge said the 14-year imprisonment will take effect from August 21, 2009 when the James was remanded by a magistrates’ court.

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Justice Akintoye noted that the defendant entered a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution last Monday at the high court.

In his confessional statement to the police, admitted in court following her plea, James said he carried the deceased on his back and walked a long distance before throwing him across the fence of an insurance company.

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