Suspected Port Harcourt serial killer pleads guilty to murder charges

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The suspected Port Harcourt serial killer, Gracious David West, today pleaded guilty to nine of the 10 count charges bordering on murder preferred against him by the Rivers State Police Command.

The Rivers State Police Command in a suit marked PHC/3426/CR/2019 had preferred a 10-count charge of conspiracy and murder on West.

The police had alleged that the suspect “unlawfully killed several females in different hotels and guest houses in parts of Rivers State which is a punishable offence under section 319, Cap 37, volume 2 laws of the state, 1999 as amended.”

West, however, pleaded for forgiveness after pleading guilty to nine counts out of the 10 charges.

He pleaded not guilty to the last charge bordering on the killing of a young woman in a hotel around Bende Street in Port Harcourt, saying he only tied her hands and legs and left her on the bed.

He accused the police of withholding N60, 000, wrist watch and jewelry seized from him during his arrest.  

“My Lord, I have something to say; I killed all other girls in the hotels but that one in Bende Street which is the tenth charge, I did not have in mind to kill her. I only tie her on the chair.

“My Lord, all these things I did I did it because I was possessed by evil spirits.  I want the court to forgive me; that is why I said the truth.

“My Lord, I have a complaint to make; all my properties I left in the SARS station they have refused to give me, my money, N60, 000, my wrist watch and other things, my Lord tell them,” he said.

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