REX
V.
NGWU OBUKA

JELR 81128 (WACA)    
West Africa Court of Appeal  ·  West Africa [For WACA cases]
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1936-37 3 WACA 2
CORAM
Cor. KINGDON, C.J., BUTLER LLOYD and GRAHAM PAUL, JJ.
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first count
second count
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criminal code
view of the acquittal
slave dealing
contra section
african court of appeal ordinance
crown
years i.h.l.
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section
such action
evidence
child
power
offence
prosecution
appeal
west
conviction of the appellant
facts
case
women
verdict
slave
conviction
substitution
nigeria
offence contra section
appellant
count
kingdon
c.j.

KINGDON, C.J., NIGERIA.

In this case the appellant was charged together with two women on a first count with slave dealing contra section 369 (2) of the Criminal Code, and on a second count with child stealing contra section 371 (1) and (2) of the Criminal Code.

The evidence for the prosecution, if it had been believed by the trial Judge, would have established an offence under the first count, but not under the second. But the trial Judge acquitted all three accused on the first count and convicted them all on the second, sentencing the appellant to seven years I.H.L. On the appeal the Crown has not attempted to support the conviction of the appellant on count two. Nor in view of the acquittal on count one is it possible for this Court now to substitute a conviction on that count.

The Crown does however ask that the Court will exercise its power under section 11 (2) of the West African Court of Appeal Ordinance, 1933, and substitute a verdict of guilty of an offence contra section 365 …

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