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Nigerian serial killer of women sentenced to die

Authorities say Gracious David-West (centre) tied his victims up before strangling them
Authorities say Gracious David-West (centre) tied his victims up before strangling them

A man who killed nine women in a case that caused outrage in Nigeria has been sentenced to death in the southern city of Port Harcourt.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Gracious David-West strangled his victims in hotel rooms across Nigeria between July and September 2019.

Justice Adolphus Enebeli said he is to die by hanging.

The death penalty is not commonly carried out in Nigeria – the last three executions were in 2016.

One of his victims survived the attack, but was not a witness during the trial. Authorities say her whereabouts are unknown despite being told not to leave the state.

The judge found him guilty of attempted murder on that charge.

Police say he also confessed to the murders of six other women elsewhere but he was not charged for those murders for lack of evidence.

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3 sentenced for fraudulently conspiring to sell jewelry

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Three people were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Phoenix for conspiring to sell jewelry imported from the Philippines as being made by Native Americans, federal officials said Monday.

Laura Marye Wesley, 32; Christian Coxon, 46; and Waleed Sarrar, 44, were each sentenced Oct. 2 by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 36 months of supervised release, according to a news release from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Homeland Security Investigations.

Additionally, the three defendants were ordered together to pay $30,000 restitution to the The Humiovi, a Sedona store, as well as a $5,000 fine to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, the release stated. Each of them is also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee.

Authorities say the defendants violated the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 which prohibits the misrepresentation in marketing of American Indian or Alaska Native arts and

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