Maryam Sanda who was found guilty of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello by the Federal High Court in Abuja has appealed the death sentence placed on her to the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
She asks the court to acquit her of all charges on the basis that her sentencing was based on prejudice, circumstantial evidence, lack of murder evidence and no witness to credit the story.
In her application, she said “The honorable trial judge erred in law when having taken arguments on the appellant’s preliminary objection to the validity of the charge on the 19th of March, 2018 failed to rule on it at the conclusion of the trial or at any other time. Read more: The Mariam I Knew Was Cool – Maryam Sanda Classmate Recounts
The trial judge exhibited bias against the defendant in not ruling one way or the other on the said motion challenging his jurisdiction to entertain the charge and therefore fundamentally breached the right to a fair hearing of the defendant.
The circumstantial evidence which the trial court relied upon in its application of the last seen doctrine does not lead to the conclusion that the defendant is responsible for the death of the deceased.”
However, no date has been given or fixed for the hearing.