A 28-year-old man, Collins Abakwe, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for stabbing his younger brother, Chibuike Abakwe, to death by an Ikeja High Court yesterday.
The crux of the argument was because of a woman.
The Justice of the court, Raliat Adebiyi sentenced Collins, who was arraigned on a charge of murder in 2013, after finding him guilty of a lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter.
The initial charge of murder was changed to manslaughter following a plea bargain agreement the convict had with the state.
“The court is satisfied with the jail term agreed upon by the prosecution and defence counsel.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment,” Adebiyi said.
The convict was asked whether he understood the meaning of the agreement he has entered into before the sentence.
The lead state prosecutor, O. A. Olugasa, told the court that Collins committed the crime on Valentine’s Day 2013, on Adeyanju Street, Amukoko, Lagos.
“Collins stabbed his younger brother, Chibuike, to death with a broken bottle during an argument.
“The siblings were arguing over a friend’s girlfriend who was trying to pass the night in their home.
“The misunderstanding became very violent and Collins ended up stabbing his younger brother, resulting in his death,” she said.
Olugasa also requested that the court should order the family of the convict to admit him in a rehabilitation centre.
“This is to enable him to undergo proper counselling when he finishes his prison term,” she said.
The offences contravened sections 221 and 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.