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Port Harcourt Serial Killer ‘Gracious David-West’ Sentenced to Death

Gracious David-West

Gracious David-West, a serial killer who murdered nine women in Rivers State hotel rooms in the country’s oil hub in what appeared to be ritual killings. 

40-year-old David-West was arrested in September last year after several women were found strangled to death in different hotels in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

They had white cloth wrapped around their necks and waists, possibly indicating ritual crimes, according to police.

The killings sparked outrage and prompted women to take to the streets of the city to demand better police protection. 

Judge Adolphus Enebele found David-West guilty of the murder of nine women and the attempted murder of another, and sentenced him to death by hanging.

David-West’s lawyer Vincent Chukwu told AFP that they would appeal the court’s decision.

The serial killer appeared in court alongside a woman, Nimi Thankgod, who was acquitted over charges of “misconduct with the corpse of one of the victims”.

When David-West was arrested, police paraded him through the streets and published a video on Twitter showing him admitting to the murders.

A month later, he retracted his statement and pleaded not guilty in court.

Around 2,000 people are currently on death row in Nigeria but only seven have been executed in the past 10 years, according to rights groups.

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