Rivers suspected serial killer accuses wardens of torture

There was a mild drama on Wednesday at the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt presided over by Justice Adolphus Enebeli, when a suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West, who is being tried for the murder of nine women in the state, accused prison wardens of torturing him.

David-West told the court that he was being manhandled by the wardens at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in Port Harcourt, where he is being held.

He said, “Allow me speak to journalists; I must speak with them today; I will tell them how you have been assaulting me and beating me in prison.

“Even my teeth are hurting me; let me tell journalists what is happening in the prison, how you people are treating us.”

Reacting to the complaint, Justice Enebele ordered the wardens to ensure that the suspect be treated better at the facility.

Later when the trial resumed for the adoption of written addresses, the counsel for defendant informed the court that the prosecuting counsel had yet to serve them their addresses.

Justice Enebeli ordered the prosecution to file its written address within seven days. He also ordered both counsel to reply the addresses on point of law within seven days, before adjourning the matter till August 14, 2020, for the adoption of written addresses.

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