Vincent Chukwu, Counsel to the Port Harcourt serial killer, Gracious David-West who was sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court in Port Harcourt for killing nine ladies in different parts of the country has said the defense team will not rest until his client gets a judgment from the Apex Court.
The killer was on Friday, October 9, sentenced to death by hanging by the Rivers State High Court presided by Justice Adolphus Enebeli.
Gracious -West was found guilty for the murder of nine young women and attempted murder of a tenth, Benita Etim, in different hotel rooms across Rivers, Imo and Lagos states between July and September 2019.
Speaking to journalists shortly after Justice Enebeli delivered the judgment, Chukwu said the defense team will proceed to appeal the judgment once their briefing ends at the trial court and they receive briefing to proceed to the Apex Court.
“The court has given its judgment, convicting the 1st Defendant. My client still has avenues to express his constitutional right under the constitution. If by the time our brief ends with the trial court, and we as his lawyers are briefed to pursue his constitutional right of appeal, we shall honestly do so to secure his required hallowed chambers of justice,” he said.
Counsel to the convicted had during his final address after Gracious West was convicted, appealed to the Court for leniency on the grounds that his client is a father of three young children.
Chukwu informed the court that the convict has three children, the eldest a 17-year-old female, the second and third children are six and four years old respectively.