A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, the state capital, has sentenced a 24-year-old man, Binfa Lamde, to death by hanging for killing his stepmother.
Justice A. I Ashoms, who delivered the judgment on Thursday, declared that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Lamde killed the woman.
â€œThis sentence is mandatory; the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.
â€œThe sentence of this court upon you is that you will be hanged until you are dead,â€™â€™ Justice Ashoms ruled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convict was first arraigned on July 14, 2014 and charged with culpable homicide, an offence which contravened section 221 of the Penal Code, and punishable with death upon conviction.
Lamde was said to have committed the crime on April 10, 2014. He allegedly knifed his stepmother to death. Lamde in his confessional statement to the police alleged that the deceased was responsible for his stepsister’s, one Chakwai Zamde, sickness.
â€œI ran to her and she told me she was not feeling fine. We took her to the hospital, but after several checks, we were told that nothing was medically wrong with her,” the convict narrated.
â€œWe later took her to a native doctor, but her health condition kept deteriorating. My stepmother later confessed that she had `tiedâ€™ the sick girl through witchcraft.
â€œWe asked her to `untieâ€™ the girl, but she refused. My son was equally sick at that time and I felt she was also responsible. So, when my step-sister died, I got very angry.
â€œI went into her (late stepmother)â€™s room, while she was sleeping, and used a machete to stab her all over her head and she died instantly,â€™â€™ the Police quoted Lamde as saying in the statement.
Counsel to the convict, David Adudu, while speaking with journalists said that Lamde deserved the judgement, but promised appeal the death penalty.