A suspected serial killer, Gracious David-West has pleaded guilty to charges of murder leveled against him by the Rivers State Police Command, and asked the State High Court to forgive him saying he was possed by an evil spirit.
The Police charges claim that David-West was alleged to have, “unlawfully killed several females in different hotels and guest houses in parts of Rivers State which is a punishable offence under section 319 sub one cap 37, volume 2 laws of the state,1999 as amended.”
However, David West West pleaded for forgiveness after pleading guilty to nine counts out of ten charges preferred against him by the police.
He pleaded not guilty to the last charge boarding on killing of one of the young ladies in a hotel around Bends Street in Port Harcourt, stating that he only tied the ladies hands and legs and left her on the bed.
David West told the court that he preferred to tell the truth so he could be pardoned, noting that he committed the crimes unconsciously.
West stated that the police has his N60,000, necklace and wristwatch, urging the court to compel police to release the said items to him. The suspected serial killer said:
“My Lord, I have something to say, I killed all other girls in the hotels but that one in Bendel street which is on 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, 60,000, my wristwatch and other things, my Lord tell them.”
After the charges were read and plea was taken, Rivers State Government through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacheuous Adangor applied to take over the prosecution of the matter which was not opposed by the parties.
The trial Judge Justice Adolphus Enebeli after listening to the argument first entered non-guilty plea to the suspect, making references to different sections of the criminal code of the law of Federal Government and state respectively.
Enebeli granted the application of Rivers State Government to take over the matter, expressing readiness to give speedy hearing of the case.
He adjourned till 18th, 21st, 27th and 29th of November and 4th of December for hearing and remanded the suspect in prison.
KanyiDaily had reported that Gracious David West is the man behind the unsettling recent serial killings of young women in hotels.
Mr. David-West, who is also a member of the Degbam cult group, said he killed one person each in Abia, Edo, Ibadan in Oyo, Owerri in Imo, Ikeja in Lagos state where the act started few months ago and nine in Rivers state.
He was arrested following CCTV footage which showed him leaving an unnamed hotel in Port Harcourt, after he had allegedly killed the lady he slept with the previous night.