Second Time, Court Denies Husband Killer Bail

Husband Killer, Maryam Sanda, is to remain in prison custody through out her trial for culpable homicide.
This was the verdict of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Wednesday while dismissing the bail application brought before the court by the defendant.
Maryam Sanda is standing trial for allegedly killing her husband, son of former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Haliru Bello, Bilyaminu.
Maryam Sanda, the daughter of embattled former Aso Savings boss, Hajia Maimuna Aliyu, on Monday through her counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), had filed a fresh bail application on passionate ground, praying the court to grand the defendant bail on grounds that she was three months pregnant for her deceased husband.
However, when the case came up Wednesday, presiding Judge, Yusuf Haliru struck out the application for lacking in merit and abuse of court process.
In striking out the application, Justice Yusuf said: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than to grant the motion for bail of January 25 , 2018. I hereby strike the bail application for lacking in merit. This a case of abuse of court process”
On Monday the alleged ‘killer wife’ begged trial Judge, the second time, to be released her on bail pending the determination of the murder charge against her.
Daudu urged the court to take pity on her client who he said would require proper medical attention as she was three months pregnant.
Besides, Daudu said he has raised objections against the competence of the charge which he said ought to have been commenced with a First Information Report, FIR, as envisaged under the Penal Code.
The defence lawyer further contended that the Nigerian Police Force failed to secure the consent of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, before it filed the charge.
Police had through its lawyer, James Idachaba, opposed Maryam’s fresh bail application, saying there was insufficient evidence before the court to prove that she is indeed three months pregnant.
It will be recalled that Justice Halilu had previously rejected plea for the defendant who is a nursing mother, to be released from Suleja prison on bail.
The court had remanded Maryam in prison after she was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide punishable by death under section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
In the charge marked CR/15/17 which Police filed pursuant to section 109(d) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Maryam was accused of stabbing her husband to death with a broken bottle on November 19 at their Abuja residence. The prosecution told the court that Bilyamin died as a result of several stabs on his chest and neck. Police maintained that the defendant attacked her husband with the knowledge that her act was likely to cause his death. She was equally charged with the offence of “causing grievious hurt”, contrary to section 247 of the Penal Code Law.

Author: News Editor

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