The young man arrested in connection to the serial killing of women in Porth-Harcourt, Nigeria, Gracious David-West, has pleaded guilty to the nine out of the 10 count charges levelled against him.
After the Rivers State Police Command briefed him on the charges in court, he confessed saying; “My Lord, I killed all other girls in the hotels but that one in Bendel Street, which is the 10th charge. I did not have in mind to kill her, I only tied her to the chair,”
The self-confessed serial killer, however, begged the court’s pardon after attesting to the guilt of the nine charges.
He also prayed the court to order the police to return the sum of N60,000, a necklace and wristwatch which they had confiscated at the time of his arrest.
Having plead guilty, the Rivers State Government, through the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacchaeus Adango, filed an application to take over the prosecution of the matter which was granted.
Justice Enebeli said that he granted the application of the state government so that speedy hearing can be done regarding the case.
While David-West will remain in prison, the judge adjourned the further hearing to 18, 21, 27 and 29 and December 4.
According to one of the lawyers from the state Ministry of Justice, Chidi Boniface Ekeh, the Rivers State Government took over the case because it is a very sensitive one
He said: “We took over the matter to ensure that the case is prosecuted to its logical conclusion. This is a very sensitive matter and the state should not be ignored.
“The people David-West killed are human beings and the state has the right to protect the citizens and if anyone goes contrary, the state
wants to see that justice is done.”
David-West was arraigned before a Rivers State High Court on a 10-count charge bordering on conspiracy and murder.
He was brought to the court on Monday but the matter was stalled due to the absence of a defence counsel.
Recall that the 26-year-old was on September 18 caught by the police on East-West Road en route to Uyo from Port Harcourt, after a hotel CCTV video which captured him killing a lady n a hotel room in Rukpokwu had gone viral.
Preceding that, there were similar incidents of young women found dead in hotel rooms in the State.
David-West on his arrest immediately confessed to using pillowcases to tie up his victim before he murders them.