Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday, sentenced a notorious serial killer, Gracious David-West to death by hanging.
Justice Adolphus Enebele gave the ruling after the 40 year-old suspect was convicted of the murder of eleven young women and attempted murder of Benita Etim in a hotels in 2019.
The court held that David-West was responsible for the killing of several ladies in different hotel rooms in Port Harcourt.
The court, however, in its decision discharged and acquitted the second defendant in the case, Nimi ThankGod, who is facing one count charge of misconduct with the corpse of one of the victims of David-West.
David-West was reportedly a member of the Deebham, a fraternity group that is notorious in Nigeria for engaging in acts of violence and Voodoo.
Despite that, David-West told authorities that he had acted alone.
In a confessional statement, David-West claimed that he had “an irresistible urge to kill” and every night from June to his capture in September he scoured the streets for women in his vehicle.
He would proceed to go to a local hotel where he and the woman would eat, have sex, and then go to bed. In the middle of the night David-West would wake up the victim and threaten her with a knife.
He would then turn the television or the radio on high volume, and using strips of cloth he had cut from the pillow cases, he would tie up the victim before manually strangling her.
He was arrested when in the early morning of 19 September 2019, a woman who had accompanied to a hotel woke up to David-West tying her up and preparing to suffocate her. David-West and another individual from Kaduna State were arrested and charged with homicide.