I Confessed Killing My Girl Friend’s Sister Under Torture – Stephen Luka
A suspect, Stephen Luka who is standing trial for brutalising his ex-girlfriend and killing her sister has told Jos High Court that he confessed to have committed the offence under duress.
He said that he was tortured by the police for three days before he confessed since he could not bear the pains anymore.
He denied killing one Simi Dusu, who was a sister to his girlfriend Justina Duru on July 27, 2016.
According to investigation, the sisters had visited Luka at his home, in Sabon Gari, Tudun Wada, Jos over allegation that he impregnated Justina.
Luka had told Justina to terminate the pregnancy but the lady refused.
When the sisters eventually visited Luka, the suspect battered the two of them, killing Simi in the process while Justina sustained serious eye injury.
He was consequently arrested and arraigned before the court in October 2016 charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and sexual abuse.
The Divisional Crime Officer, Mr Bolaji Ayenumuro of the “A” Divisional police headquarters on May 6, testified and told the court that the accused person in a statement confessed to the murder without any duress.
However, Luka, represented by his counsel, Mr David Adudu, said that the police tortured him on August 2 and 3, 2016 and forced him to write false statement against himself.
During cross examination by the prosecuting counsel, Mrs Muleng Alex, the defendant said that it took the police three days to extract the statement from him.
The judge, Mrs Nafisa Musa, after listening to his plea, adjourned the matter to July 24 to enable both parties file their final written addresses for the trial within trial.