Justice Pindar Ngadda on Friday sentenced a woman, Rebecca Emmanuel, to die by hanging for killing her nine-year-old son, Ishaya Emmanuel.

Rebecca had taken Ishaya to a bush in the Hawul area of Maiduguri, where he gave him a bottle of poisoned Maltina drink to swallow, making the little boy became unconscious and to die on the spot.

The woman, allegedly covered the body of the boy in the forest with dry leaves and grasses and thereafter, set him ablaze.

She was arraigned before the court for committing culpable homicide punishable with death under section 221 of the Criminal Code Law.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 34-year-old woman decided to carry out the crime in a bid to deceive her new husband that she was a virgin.

Delivering judgement, Ngadda held that based on the accused’s confessional statement and circumstantial evidence made available by the prosecution counsel, he had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the woman had committed the crime.

He said that although there was no medical report that the accused was instrumental to the death of her son and no medical report that proved that she poisoned the little boy, her admission at the police station that she caused the death was enough to find her guilty of the offence.

In view of this, the judge said that she was satisfied that the confessional statement of the accused was true and convicted her as charged.

The prosecuting counsel, Ahmed Zubairu, told the court that the provision in section 211 of the Penal Code Law was mandatory, pointing out that the accused should be convicted and sentenced accordingly.

I wish I can temper justice with mercy but I cant. My hands are tied. Consequently the court is hereby sentencing you Rebecca Emmanuel to death by hanging,” the judge ruled.

She, however, said that relying on section 294 of the Criminal Procedure Code Law of Borno State, a recommendation would be forwarded to the governor on the judgement to grant the convict pardon or a lesser term of punishment.


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