Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Man who murdered parents and siblings sentenced to death by hanging

Kano High Court Tuesday convicted one Bello Garba Bello, to be hanged to death for killing his parents and three siblings, two years ago at their family house along Zoo road by Gandun Albasa quarters in Kano metropolis.

The presiding judge, Justice Halliru Abdullahi said he was satisfied with the evidence tendered before him that the accused had actually committed the five count charges of homicide for which he was charged.

Justice Abdullahi also declared that the five victims were killed as a result of various degrees of multiple injuries inflicted on them contrary to section 221 of the penal code.

The prosecution counsel, Shu'aibu Sule, said the accused had confessed to have committed the offence in a written statement he made to the police on September 15, 2010.

He presented seven witnesses before the court, including the younger brother of the accused, Farouk, whose testimonies corroborated the charges against the defendant.

THISDAY in Kano recalled that Bello Garba Bello was said to have murdered his father, Garba Bello, an officer with State Security Service (SSS); his mother, Habiba; and three siblings Khalifa, Murja and Hafsa on the night of September 13, 2010.

The defense counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji had tendered a 17 page written address before the court explaining the circumstances leading to the death of the five persons and exonerating the accused from the charges preferred against him.

According to him, the statement written by Farouk implicating the accused was inadmissible as the witness was below the age of 14 and that Bello Garba, had earlier written a statement on September 14, 2010

exonerating himself before he was forced to write another one on September 15, 2010 confessing to have committed the offence.

Our correspondent recalled that the incident which occurred on the night of September 13, 2010 at the residence of Garba Bello Number 175, Zoo road in Kano municipal had generated public out-cry and sympathy as it was the first homicide case of its kind ever witnessed in the state.

This Day

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