Thursday, 21 November 2013

Man to be stonned to death in Bauchi for committing incest


 A 30-year old man, Umar Mohammed Kandahar, has been sentenced to death by stoning in Bauchi state for impregnating his younger sister.

Court records made available to newsmen yesterday in Bauchi show that Umar was arraigned before the Upper Sharia Court, Unguwar Jaki by the Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission, where he was accused of impregnating his younger sister.

Counsel to the Shariah Commission, Barrister Dayyabu Ayuba told the Bauchi Upper Sharia Court, that the accused, who is married to three wives, forced his half sister, who was taken to his house by their

father to send her to school, into the illicit affair.

He allegedly forced her into sexual intercourse while she was only16 years old, and she had already been delivered of a baby.
The offence, according to the records, is contrary to Section 136(1) of the Bauchi State Penal Code law 2001.

When asked by the presiding Shariah court judge, the accused pleaded guilty but disagreed that he forced her to have sexual intercourse with him. Instead, he claimed that he willingly had sex with him.

The Shariah Court Judge Musa Barde then sentenced him to death by stoning.

The Accused, Umar filed an appeal against the judgement before the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal, rejecting the lower court’s judgement.

Counsel to Umar, Barrister Sadiq Abubakar yesterday filed a motion before Bauchi State High Court 7, asking for the bail of the accused pending the determination of his appeal by the Sharia Court of appeal.

He told the court that the accused family has suffered because of his detention since 2011, and asked the court to release him on bail to ease the sufferings of his family.

The Presiding judge, Aliyu Baba Usman has fixed Monday, November 25, 2013 for mention of the appeal.


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