The Rivers State High Court has found three persons guilty of the killing of three students in Aluu community the state, in 2012.
Letam Nyordee, the presiding Judge, who gave the judgementin Port Harcourt, capital of the state capital, on Monday, sentenced the trio to death.
He also discharged and acquitted four other persons that were joined in the suit, saying the prosecution did not do enough to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respondents killed the deceased students.
The 1st to 3rd defendants were however declared guilty as charged.
The deceased students — Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah — were all students of the University of Port Harcourt. They were lynched by a mob after they were falsely accused of theft on October 5, 2012.
The incident was filmed by bystanders and uploaded to the Internet. It is believed that the police used the recorded video clip to apprehend the principal actors in the incident and charged them to court for pre-meditated murder.