REX
V.
SAMUEL ABENGOWE

JELR 81001 (WACA)    
West Africa Court of Appeal  ·  West Africa [For WACA cases]
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1936-37 3 WACA 85-87
CORAM
Cor. KINGDON, PETRIDES and WEBBER, C.JJ.
Core Terms Beta
evidence
death
poison
cause of death
conclusion
record
report
conviction
dirty injection
doctor
exclusion
injection
judge
offence of manslaughter
opinion
overdose
overdose of poison
particular form of negligence
post-mortem examination
trial
23rd day of april
brief record of the crown counsel
death of a woman nwantu oriaku
death of deceased
dirty needle
doctor’s evidence
dr. nelson wallace
duty of the judge
facts
final address
hours of the injection
husband’s evidence
neighbourhood of the spot
next day
particulars of the offence
physical examination
reason
right buttock of the deceased
sole evidence
unlawful act
view of the rejection of the analytical report
wife

KINGDON,C.J., NIGERIA.

Appellant was charged with and convicted of the offence of manslaughter. The particulars of the offence as they appear on the record are that:

“Samuel Abengowe on or about 23rd day of April, 1936. caused the death of a woman Nwantu Oriaku.”

From the husband’s evidence it appears that he took his wife, the deceased, to appellant in April last. She was then suffering from sores on back and breast and had been ill for three years. Appellant, an unqualified man, filled a syringe with a red-looking liquid and pushed the nozzle of the syringe into the right buttock of the deceased and pumped the liquid into her. Deceased at once fainted and the next day the husband found that her right leg and buttock were swollen and the buttocks were peeling and looked red. The following day she died.

The matter was not reported to the police until some seventeen days after the death of the woman.

Dr. Nelson Wallace says that she appeared to have been dead about three weeks when he perfo…

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