Frank Geng Quangrong, the Chinese national accused of killing his girlfriend, Ummulkhulsum Sani Buhari, in Kano State has pleaded with Justice Sunusi Ado Ma’aji of the Kano State High Court to temper justice with mercy.
The Chinese national denied killing his Nigerian girlfriend intentionally.
Quangrong in his testimony on Tuesday claimed that he stabbed his girlfriend in self-defence after she allegedly grabbed his testes in September 2022.
Quangrong said, “I didn’t kill Ummulkhulsum intentionally but stabbed her in self-defence after she grabbed my testes.”
The Chinese national who pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in its judgment further said, “I want this honourable court to temper justice with mercy in the judgment in view of the fact that I stated earlier.”
Quangrong killed his girlfriend, Ummulkhulsum, in September 2022 following a misunderstanding between them in Kano State.
On Tuesday, Justice Ado Ma’aji adjourned the matter until March 29, 2024, to deliver judgment on the case of alleged culpable homicide.
The court fixed the judgment date after both the prosecution and defence counsel presented their final written addresses.
The prosecution counsel had called six witnesses to support the allegations of culpable homicide, as per Section 221(b) of the Penal Code, against Quangrong.
The prosecution witnesses, including the deceased’s mother and sister, a neighbour, a doctor, and Investigative Police Officers (IPO), testified about the events that happened between Quangrong and Ummulkhulsum, especially on September 16, 2022.
But Quangrong during his testimony denied intentionally killing Ummulkhulsum.
Meanwhile, a consultant urologist, Dr. Abubakar Abdullahi, also testified as a subpoenaed witness.
Dr Abdullahi with over 30 years of experience, in his expert testimony explained that prolonged pressure on the end nerves could cause changes in feelings.
The doctor further noted that the release of adrenaline could lead to over-stimulation of the vagus nerve, resulting in fright, fight, or flight responses.
Following his arrest in September 2022, the head of the Chinese Business Community in Nigeria (CBCAN), Mike Zhang, condemned the killing in a statement, noting that the criminal act should be handled professionally by relevant security agencies.
“The Chinese community in Kano is fully in support of the law taking its proper course.
“The people of China appreciate the hospitality so far received in Kano and will continue to be law-abiding, and contribute to the state’s development.
“We condoled with the family of the deceased, a graduate of Agriculture Science from Kampala University,” the statement read.
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