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Monday, January 27, 2020

Why Maryam Sanda must die says Justice Halilu - ITREALMS

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja has stated why Maryam Sanda must die by hanging for stabbing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, reports ITREALMS.

Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court in his judgement delivered on Monday, ITREALMS gathered, had sentenced Maryam Sanda, who stabbed her husband Bilyaminu, son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello, to death.

According to the judge, Sanda was convicted Sanda on the `doctrine of last seen’, saying that the doctrine places a burden of proof on the accused who was the last person to be seen with the deceased.

The judge maintained that from evidence before him, it was irredeemably clear that the accused fatally stabbed the deceased, stressing that the two extra judicial statements made by the convict were not disputed, describing her evidence as unreliable and circumstantial evidence is used in the place of eye witness account.

“I am convinced that the defendant stabbed the deceased and therefore guilty of charges against her. She is hereby convicted of the murder of her husband as charged,’’ he declared.

As said by the judge, from the entire circumstances of the case, justice to the society and to the deceased outweighs other elements of justice to the defendant.

“She should reap what she has sown, blood for blood. For it has been said that thou shall not kill and whoever kills in cold blood deserves death as his or her own reward or punishment.

“The mindless and senseless killing of men and women in our society must be seriously frowned upon. Accordingly, I hereby sentence Maryam Sanda to death by hanging,” he said.

In addition, the judge said, Sanda should be remanded in Suleja Correctional Centre until the convict exhausts her right of appeal in the court of appeal.
ITREALMS recalls that the police had arraigned Sanda for stabbing and killing her husband with a broken bottle at about 3:50 a.m. on November 18, 2017.

The police also accused Maimuna Aliyu, Sanda’s mother; Aliyu, her brother, and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid, of tampering with evidence by cleaning the blood and other proofs from the crime scene, but charges were later dropped.

However, Halilu discharged her co-defendants after they filed a no case-submission and ordered her to enter her defence.

The prosecution called six witnesses while the defence called two, the convict being one of the defence witnesses.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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