By Ismail Auwal
A High Court sitting in Ringim, Jigawa state, has on Tuesday sentenced one Jamilu Harisu to death for killing his father.
Harisu was arrested on 22nd july 2020, for sneaking into his father’s farm and hit the man on his head with a hoe, an injury that led to latter’s death.
The persecution team led by the Jigawa state Attorney General, Barr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, called four witnesses, and tendered confessional statements, in addition to a medical report as proofs of the case.
The defendant, on the other hand, had testified but did not call any witness in his defence.
At the end of the trial, the court ruled that the prosecution counsel has proven the case beyond reasonable doubt, thereby sentenced Harisu to death by hanging in pursuance to section 221(b) of the Jigawa state penal code law.
In a similar case, one Mustapha Idris was also charged for using knife to slit the throat of Nafisa Hashimu that resulted in her death.
The defendant opened his defense and gave evidence by denying the charges, stating that he was in Abuja when the incident happened.
However, the presiding judge, Justice Kazaure, ruled that the prosecution counsel has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt, and thus declared that Idris had committed a premeditated homicide.
Idris was, therefore, sentenced to death under section 221(a) of the Jigawa state penal code law.