The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has sentenced Maryam Sanda to death by hanging for killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello
Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the sentence on Monday in Abuja while delivering judgment on the protracted trial of Sanda who was convicted for stabbing late Bilyaminu to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.
According to Daily Post, she was docked alongside her brother, Aliyu Sanda; her mother, Maimuna Aliyu and her housemaid, Sadiya Aminu, who were charged with assisting her to conceal the evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime but those charges were later dropped.
Upon her conviction by the judge, Sanda fled the dock immediately. However, court officials and prison officials reprimanded her back. The situation worsened for her after the Judge sentenced her to death, causing a sad atmosphere in the courtroom for sympathisers.
Following the judge’s sentence, she was whisked away from the court by NSC officials who were accompanied by security operatives amid wailing friends and family members of Sanda.
Her trial centred on a judicial drama that lasted almost three years due to delays, multiple adjournments, and failure of witnesses to appear in court among others. In November 2017, the police charged Sanda for culpable homicide after reportedly stabbing her husband due to infidelity allegations against him and sought a death penalty against the accused on two counts.
They informed the court that the killing was premeditated. According to the charge sheet, Sanda was said to have stabbed her husband with broken bottles at about 3:50am. But Sanda who was initially remanded in custody has repeatedly pleaded not guilty to the crime.
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