Justice Raliatu Adebiyi while passing the sentence on Thursday said that the sentence should serve as a deterrent to men who engage in various acts of domestic violence against their spouses.
“I have taken into account the prevalence of domestic violence in the country and this sense is to send a message to men who still engage is such a callous act to desist.
“I also took note of the average Nigerian male expectancy age in Nigeria to be 54-years according to the World Health Organisation.
“The defendant was 34-years old when he committed the crime, he is now 38-years old.
“I hereby sentence Nkem Iheanacho to 15 years in prison with effect from March 13, the date of the judgment,” Adebiyi said.
Immediately after the sentenced, Iheanacho, a relative of a former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, wore a resigned expression on his face and was immediately led out of the courtroom by prison officials.
Iheanacho had on March 13, been found guilty of a count of manslaughter contrary to Section 222 and punishable under Section 227 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Iheanacho’s counsel, Mr Akaene Spurgeon, immediately his client was found guilty, had in his allocators, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
“I urge the court to temper justice with mercy, the defendant has shown serious remorse for his actions.
“He is a young man and a marine engineer with three young children to cater for,” Spurgeon said.
During the trial, the prosecution for the state led by Mrs O.A Olugasa had told the court Nkem beat his wife Regina Iheanacho at 12am on May 12, 2013 at their residence at No. 3, Calvary St., Iyana-Isasi, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
“He is marine engineer who worked at Genesis Worldwide Shipping Company, Apapa, and Lagos.
“On that fateful day, he accused Regina of infidelity and he beat her to a state of unconsciousness.
“He did not take immediately take her to hospital after she lost consciousness leading to her death in their home,” the prosecutor said