A 23-year-old bricklayer identified as Adebayo Kingsley, has been arrested for allegedly killing his 46-year-old lover and raping her corpse.
The suspect from Ibillo in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, had killed Rosemary Ifeoma, a widow and mother-of-four, Rosemary Ifeoma, popularly called Mama Samuel, from Orogun in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State by hitting her with a plank.
He then had sex with her corpse after he had earlier been accused of hitting the head of his lover’s 13-year-old son, after which he pounced on the woman, thinking the son was dead.
The incident happened in Darlington Ogbeifun Street, off Ogbekan Village Road, Ugbor in Oredo Local Government Area, Edo state.
NEWSCASTARS.COM learnt that a resident in the area, who simply gave his name as Peter, told Vanguard: “This woman we popularly called Mama Samuel was a widow with four children and the last one, who is 13 years, stays with her.
“She was having difficulties paying her rent and then approached a woman in the area whose brother was building a storey building that has been roofed, to allow her stay there pending when she can raise money from her business to get a new accommodation.
“She had a lover, who is a bricklayer, that was coming to see her and people around here know them.
“It was early in the morning on July 16 that her 13 years old son, after regaining consciousness from his confrontation with the suspect in the night, ran to inform neibghours of what has happened.
“He was rushed to the hospital for treatment and later narrated the story of how the suspect attacked them.
“He led others to the place where the suspect was working and immediately he sighted the boy, he took to his heels until he was pursued and arrested by the police.”
When confronted, the suspect confessed to the crime but said he did not hit the victims with a log, saying his lover died in the course of an argument.
He said: “She wanted me to help her with cement to do a caravan.
“But when we did not agree on how to do it, she said I should leave her house. I actually left but missed my way and strayed back to the house.
“But by this time, they had locked the gate, so I jumped into the compound through the fence and entered their room.
“Her son threatened to stab me, went into the room and came back with a knife. I rushed at him and pushed him.
“He hit his head on the wall and collapsed. The woman then came after me and held me, but in trying to push her away, she fell and hit her head on the ground and blood was coming from her head.
“I quickly took the boy to the room and put him on the bed and then left. I did not hit anybody with log and I did not sleep with the woman.”
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, July 27, Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, Kontongs Bello, said the suspect would be charged to court once investigations are concluded.