Court Sends Alleged Husband Killer, Maryam, To Suleja Prisons
The alleged killer of her husband, Maryam Sanda, was on Friday remanded in Suleja prisons by an Abuja High Court sitting at Jabi.
Bilyamin Bello, son of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was alleged murdered by his wife, Maryam, over allegations of infidelity at their Wuse Zone 2 home in Abuja on November 19.
Trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, gave the remand order after Maryam was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide punishable by death under section 221 of the Penal Code Law.
Maryam who appeared in court with her six months old baby girl, shielded her face with a green veil from journalists and others who had thronged the court premises over the matter.
In the charge marked CR/15/17 and dated November 20, and 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.
According to Police which filed the charge, Bilyamin died as a result of several stabs on his chest and neck. Police told the court 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 grievous hurt”, contrary to section 247 of the Penal Code Law.
Maryam pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as she begged the court to release her on bail pending the trial.
The defendant, through her lawyer, Mr. Useni Musa, prayed the court to consider her six-month old baby and grant her bail pending determination of the charge against her.
However, Justice Yusuf declined her plea which he said was improper in the eyes of the law.
The trial Judge said he could not release the defendant on bail on the strength of an oral application and ordered the defence lawyer to approach the court with a formal bail request.
The court ordered that the defendant should be kept at Suleja Prison till December 7 when her full-blown trial will commence.
Meanwhile, Maryam who was brought to court alongside her six-month old baby girl wept uncontrollably immediately the court ordered her to be remanded in prison custody.
Spirited effort by the defence lawyer to persuade the court to allow Maryam to remain with the police pending ruling on her bail application, failed on Friday.
Justice Yusuf insisted that once an accused was arraigned, he said the proper place of custody was the prison and not the custody of the investigating agency.
Meantime, the prosecutor, Mr. James Idachaba, told the court that the two-count charge was a product of a preliminary investigation.
Idachaba said the charge could still be amended owing to new facts he said emerged after further investigation was conducted on the matter.
The two-count charge against the defendant read: “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.”