Court Grants Alleged Husband Kiiller, Maryam Sanda Bail

Justice Yusuf Halilu of an Abuja High Court in Jabi on Wednesday granted bail to Maryam Sanda standing trial on allegations of killing her husband, late Bilyaminu, son of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Bello Haliru.
Justice Halilu, granted the defendant bail on health grounds following a fresh application for bail argued by her counsel, Joseph Daudu SAN, having earlier denied her bail on three previous occasions.
Justice Haliru had on the last sitting adjourned trial to March 19 for definite hearing after dismissing Maryam’s last bail application of February 6
However, Daudu, counsel to the defendant approached the court with the fresh bail application and asked for an earlier date to move it, which was opposed to by counsel to the prosecution, CSP James Idachaba.
However, Justice Halilu said the court was satisfied with the health reasons canvassed for Maryam, who is said to be over three months pregnant and also asthmatic.
The Judge held that the police were not able to counter the claims that the prisons’ health facilities could not take care of Maryam’s conditions.
Part of the conditions attached to the bail are that the defendant provides two sureties who must deposit their titles of ownership of landed properties in Abuja.
Maryam’s father should enter into an undertaking to always provide her in court all through the trial.
It will be recalled that Justice Halilu had previously rejected plea for the defendant who is nursing a six-month old baby girl, to be released from Suleja prison on bail. The court had on November 24, 2017, 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.
The late Bilyaminu who is a real estate developer, was the son of ex-PDP Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Bello Haliru.
However, Maryam pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as she begged the court shortly after her arraignment to release her on bail pending the trial, a request that was refused at that time.
Police subsequently amended the charge and added Maryam’s mother, Maimuna Aliyu, her brother, Aliyu Sanda and one Sadiya Aminu, as co-defendant in the matter.
The prosecution alleged that Maryam’s family members attempted to destroy evidence that linked her to the murder. It alleged that upon realizing that an offence of culpable homicide was committed, the other defendants,”did caused evidence of the offence to dissappear”.
It said the other defendants had carefully cleaned the blood from the scene of the crime with the intention of screening the 1st defendant, Maryam from legal punishment.
According to the prosecution, the three persons involved in the scrubbing-off of murdered Bilyamin’s blood, by their action, committed an offence punishable under section 167 of the Penal Code Law.
Nevetheless, the court granted Maryam’s co-defendants bail after they produced two surties each and surrendered their all their travelling documents

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