Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Woman dumps baby in toilet

An Abuja magistrate last Thursday sentenced a 30-year-old female apprentice to 360 days imprisonment without fine option for dumping her two-day -old baby inside a pit latrine.

The woman, Mariam Sulieman, had earlier pleaded guilty to wrapping her baby in a polythene bag and dumping it inside a pit latrine.

She told the court that the father of the child denied responsibility for the pregnancy and she had no means to look after the child, adding that she has two other children in Nasarawa and could not cope with an additional one.

Police Prosecutor, Philip Appolos, told the court that the accused was arrested on June 12, after a complaint by one Mariam Abubakar at Life Camp Police Station.

The prosecutor said that the accused who reside at Daki Biyu village, Jabi, Abuja, abandoned the child at an unknown location, adding that the baby is yet to be found till date.

He said the offence contravenes Section 325 of the Penal Code.

Magistrate Sadiya Mayana sentenced the accused to 360 days imprisonment and ruled that she should be taken to any government hospital for medical check up before serving her sentence.

Meanwhile, two suspected accomplices of the convict, Mamuna Buhari, 35 and Abuseitu Saidu, 29, pleaded not guilty and where granted bail in the sum of N10,000 each with a surety in like sums.

The police prosecutor had told the court that the two allegedly gave support to the convict to commit the crime.

Their case was adjourned to June 25 for hearing.

Daily Trust

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