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Rape: Sharia Court Sentences 60-year-old to Death by Stoning

A Shari’a Court sitting in Kano, sentenced a 60-year-old man to death by stoning on Wednesday, after his conviction for raping a 12-year-old girl.

The man identified as Abdu was convicted on a count charge of rape contrary to Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.

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Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, the trial judge, stated that the accused pleaded guilty to the charge without changing his plea even after the case was adjourned for the fourth time .

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The judge said the court was convinced by the accused person’s admission of the charge against him and found him guilty.

The accused was thereafter convicted and sentenced to death by stoning under Section 127 (b) of the Kano State Shari’a Code Law 2000.

Sarki-Yola, however, ordered a 30-day grace within which the accused could appeal the judgment.

In an earlier development, the Prosecution Counsel, Ms Badariya Muhammad, informed the court that the convict committed the offence sometimes in 2019, at Farsa village in Tsanyawa Local Government Area of the State.

Ms Badariya told the court that at about 1:00 p.m. the convict had unlawful canal knowledge of the 12-year-old girl under a tree situated at Farsa village in Tsanyawa.

Contravening Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000, Abdu pleaded guilty to the charge in four separate sittings of the Court.

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