Published On: Thu, Dec 29th, 2016

Breaking! Katsina court sentences district head’s son to death by hanging


A Katsina State High Court sitting in Funtua on Thursday sentenced Mu’ammar Tukur, son of former District Head of Bakori, to death by hanging for culpable homicide.

Tukur  32, whose late father represented Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency at Federal House of Representatives, was convicted for using knife to stab one Shafir Muktar to death.


In his judgment, Justice Abbas Bawale, said the prosecution led by Mr Aminu Garba had established the case of culpable homicide against the convict beyond reasonable doubt.


Bawale said the prosecution called five witnesses and tendered four exhibits which established the three needed ingredients, including death of the victim, cause of the death and intention of the action.


He said the incident occurred on April 21, 2008 in a serial fight between the convict and some of the prosecution witnesses at a viewing centre.


The judge said the defence counsel, Mr Abdul Aziz Olagoke’s effort to contradict the evidence of the prosecution was futile.


He said the defence counsel’s argument that the prosecution did not tender the metallic material used in committing the offence could not be sustained.


The judge held that the convict ran way between 2008 and 2013 and was arrested at the grave yard during the funeral of his deceased mother.


Bawale held that convict’s reliance on provocation was not material because he left the scene and came with the metallic instrument to perpetrate the action.


He said the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt as required by law and sentenced the convict to death by hanging.


The judge also said the plea for leniency could not be entertained because the court’s discretion was blocked by law and directed that the plea should be sent to the state governor.


He advised the defence to file its appeal within 90 days.



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