Alleged husband killer, Maryam Sanda appeals death sentence
As many expected, she has taken her case to the appeal court and is asking the judge to acquit her, claiming that Justice Yusuf Halilu, who handed her her sentence, was tainted by bias and prejudice.
She was sentenced to death by hanging on 27 January after the judge found her guilty of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.
Her appeal pointed to the alleged failure of the judge to rule on her objection to the charge levelled against her as well as the jurisdiction of the court.
She said in her application, according to Daily Trust: “The honourable trial judge erred in law when having taken arguments on the appellant’s preliminary objection to the validity of the charge on the 19th of March, 2018 failed to rule on it at the conclusion of the trial or at any other time.
“The trial judge exhibited bias against the defendant in not ruling one way or the other on the said motion challenging his jurisdiction to entertain the charge and therefore fundamentally breached the right to a fair hearing of the defendant.”
She also added that the judge erred and misdirected himself by usurping the role of the police when he assumed the duty of an Investigating Police Officer (IPO).
“The circumstantial evidence which the trial court relied upon in its application of the last seen doctrine does not lead to the conclusion that the defendant is responsible for the death of the deceased,” she wrote in her application.
Maryam added that there is no evidence that she is the last person who saw her husband, Bilyaminu Bello alive, writing: “there is no evidence before the trial judge that the defendant was the last person who saw the deceased alive since prosecution witness in his evidence before the trial judge stated that when he was called by the deceased, he saw the deceased and asked the deceased what was the problem.”
No date has been set for the hearing.