The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday, convicted and sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing  her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Delivering judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu  said  “every available evidence”  had proved that  Maryam  “fatally” stabbed her husband to death in Abuja on November 19, 2017.

Justice  Halilu said, “The concept of justice is tripled in nature, justice to the deceased, Bilyaminu, whose life was cut short in a brutal manner and whose innocent blood cries to high heavens for vengeance, justice to the perpetrators of the crime, who cannot be denied the benefit of the procedure ordained by God in the Garden of Eden that is fair hearing or fair trial, justice to  society whose membership has been depleted by one.

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“I am left in no doubt that the defendant has not just failed but woefully failed to explain the death of the deceased bearing in mind her discredited colourfully dressed evidence.

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“I am more than convinced that the defendant fatally stabbed the deceased with the same knife she threatened him with which she has also mentioned in her statement to the police with the full knowledge was not just probable or certain.

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Maryam, who appeared in court wearing a black flowing dress with a black veil covering her face, ran out of the courtroom through the door next to the dock  weeping profusely when Justice  Halilu pronounced her guilty.

Her mother and other relatives  broke down in tears.

In the middle of the confusion the defence lawyer, Regina Okoti-Eboh, attempted to make a plea for allocutus (plea for mercy), but the judge said he needed to rise for the courtroom to restore to calm.

Her father was also pacing up and down the courtroom and intermittently seen with her daughter trying to pacify her.

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Justice Halilu  said the offence for which the convict was convicted being one based on Section 221 of the Penal Code, there would be no room for allocutus.

“It has been said that thou, shall not kill. Whoever kills in cold blood shall die in cold blood.

“Maryam Sanda should reap what she has sown. It is blood for blood.

“She is hereby sentenced to death by hanging until she dies,” the judge said.


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