A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has thrown out Maryam Sanda’s plea against the death sentence she was given for the death of her husband, on the basis that her appeal lacks merit, and at such, could not be upheld.
Recall that Maryam Sanda, a mother of 2, had on the 27th of January, been sentenced to death by hanging in Abuja by Justice Yusuf Halilu. He sentenced Sanda after she was convicted for stabbing late Bilyaminu Bello, her husband, to death, son of former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello.
In her Notice of Appeal, thereafter, predicated on twenty grounds, Sanda prayed the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the lower court and acquit her. She claimed that the trial judge, Justice Halilu was tainted by bias and prejudices. This, she noted, led to the denial of her right to a fair hearing and her consequent conviction based on circumstantial evidence.
Sanda alleged that the judge gave the verdict despite the reasonable doubt that was created by evidence of witnesses, lack of confessional statement, absence of murder weapon, lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses, and lack of autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death. She insisted that the judgment of the trial court was complete “a miscarriage of justice.”
She further pointed to the failure of the trial judge to rule, one way or the other, on her preliminary objection, challenging the charge preferred against her and the jurisdiction of the court as evidence of bias and a denial of her right to fair hearing as constitutionally guaranteed. She, therefore, asked the Court of Appeal to allow her prayers and set aside her conviction and sentence and subsequently acquit her.
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Upholding the judgement of the FCT High Court in his two-hour Judgement, Presiding Judge, Justice Steven Adah, held that the court is duty-bound to do justice according to law and not sentiments.
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