An FCT High Court in Jabi today commenced trial in the case of culpable homicide against Maryam Sanda, accused of killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello.
Maryam Sanda, who allegedly stabbed her husband Bilyamin Bello to death, has told a Federal High Court in Jabi, that she’s 3 months pregnant, Vanguard reports.
Sanda, whose trial started on Monday, asked the presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, to accede to her earlier application for bail.
Joseph Daudu, Sanda’s lawyer, asked that the judge “pity” his client and grant her bail to seek proper medical attention for her pregnancy.
The state’s lawyer, James Idachaba, however, opposed the bail application, stating that the claim of Sanda’s 3 months pregnancy had to be proved, as the evidence provided was insufficient.
Justice Halilu adjourned the case until Wednesday to determine whether the court would grant Sanda bail on the basis of her pregnancy claim.
Recall that Maryam Sanda was denied bail by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Jabi.
Maryam Sanda is being prosecuted for allegedly stabbing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, to death on November 19.
The court, however, granted bail to her mother, Maimuna Aliyu; her brother, Aliyu Sanda; and another person, Sadiya Aminu, the three co-defendants with whom the prime suspect was re-arraigned on Thursday.
The three were specifically accused of ”cleaning the blood from the scene of crime with the intention of screening one Maryam Sanda from legal punishment.”
Maryam Sanda allegedly stabbed her husband, Bilyamin Bello, a son of a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Haliru Bello, “ on the chest and other parts of the body with a knife and other dangerous weapons which eventually led to his death.”
Prosecutors say she stabbed him at their residence at 4, Pakali Close, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, on November 19, 2017, “with the knowledge that his death would be the probable and not only the likely consequence of your act.”
Maryam is accused in the first count of committing culpable homicide punishable by death under section 221 of the Penal Code Act.
Her family members’ offence was said to be punishable under section 167 of the Penal Code Act.
Punch newspaper reports:
Maryam was earlier arraigned on November 24 on two counts of culpable homicide and causing the deceased grievous hurt, previously preferred against only her.
But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. James Idachaba, told the court on December 7 that the charges had been amended to have the three others joined as co-defendants.
After they all pleaded not guilty to the amended two counts, on Thursday, their lawyer, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), argued their bail applications.
But the bail applications were opposed by the prosecution.
Ruling on the applications on Thursday, the judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, held that he was “not favourably disposed to” granting bail to Maryam despite her status as a mother nursing an eight-month-old baby.
The judge, however, held that the offences the three others were accused of were bailable and granted them bail.
She therefore ordered them to submit their passports and present two sureties who must be resident in the city centre of Abuja as sureties.