Justice Yusuf Halilu, of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Jabi, on Friday remanded Mrs Maryam Sanda in Suleja Prison for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello Haliru to death.
The late Bilyaminu was the son of former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Bello Haliru, who is being prosecuted by the Federal Government over fraud allegations.
Maryam Sanda, a mother of one, was said to have stabbed her late husband severally on the chest and neck region with broken bottle on November 19, 2017 in their Wuse 2 Abuja residence, which led to Bilyaminu’s death.
Her arraignment was sequel to a two-count charge dated November 20, and filed same day by the Commissioner of Police, FCT.
It was brought pursuant to Section 109(d) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
The prosecution counsel, James Idachaba pleaded that the charge be read to the defendant to enable her take plea.
However, when the 2-count charge marked CV/15/17 was read to Maryam Sanda, she pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Though Idachaba informed the court that the instant charge was a product of preliminary investigation, he said new facts have emerged which could warrant the filing of an amended charge against the defendant.
Having denied committing the offence, the prosecution counsel requested for a date for commence of trial.
Reacting, Useni Musa, counsel for the defendant did not oppose the adjournment but however, made an attempt to persuade the court to release Maryam Sanda on bail, to enable her attend to her 6-month-old baby girl.
But the oral plea was rebuffed by the court as Justice Halilu noted the application was improper before him in the eyes of the law.
Consequently, definite hearing of the case has been fixed for December 7.
The charge reads, “That you, Maryam Sanda, female, adult of No.4 Pakali Close, Wuse 2 Abuja, on 19/11/2017 at about 0350hours at No.4 Pakali Close, Wuse 2 Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division, did commit the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of one Bilyaminu Bello Haliru, male adult of No. 40 Pakali Close, Wuse 2 Abuja by stabbing him on the chest with a broken bottle which eventually led to his death and you did so with the knowledge that your act is likely to cause his death.
“You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
“That you, Maryam Sanda, female, adult of No.4 Pakali Close, Wuse 2 Abuja, on 19/11/2017 at about 0350hours at No.4 Pakali Close, Wuse 2 Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division, did commit the offence of causing grievous hurt in that you stabbed one Bilyaminu Bello Haliru, male adult of No. 40 Pakali Close, Wuse 2 Abuja with a broken bottle on the neck thereby endangering his life.
“You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 240 (g) and punishable under Section 247 of the Penal Code Law.”