By Abdulsalam Muhammad
KANO—KANO State High Court, yesterday, sentenced to death by hanging an undergraduate of the state University of Science and Technology, Bello Garba, for killing his biological parents and younger ones in 2010.
Bello was on September 13, 2010, arrested by security forces for killing his father, Garba Bello, a Director with SSS; his mother, Habiba; younger sisters, Hafsat and Murjanatu, and younger brother, Khalifa Garba at their family house located along Zoo Road by Gandun Albasa quarters in Kano metropolis.
The presiding judge, Justice Haliru Abdullahi, said he was satisfied with the evidence before him that the accused person committed the offences for which he was charged.
“In the end, I find the accused guilty of the charges and hereby convict him accordingly on each of the five count charges,” Justice Haliru said, in his 66-page judgment, adding that the five victims were killed as a result of various degrees of multiple injuries inflicted on them by the accused person contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code.
“In the light of the foregoing, the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused person on all the five-count charge. I hereby sentence the convict to death on each count charge and he shall, there-fore, be hanged by the neck until he is dead,” he ruled.
The prosecution counsel, Shu‘aibu Sule, said the accused had confessed to have committed the offence in a written statement he made with the police on September 15, 2010.
Defense Counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji had in his 17-page written address before the court, explained the circumstances leading to the death of the five persons and exonerated the accused from the charges preferred against him.
Raji said the statement written by Farouk implicating the accused was inadmissible as the witness was below the age of 14.