Court sentences man to 20 years imprisonment for attempted rape, murder
A High Court in Kano on Monday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Bashir Yahaya, to 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder.
Yahaya, who lives in Kabuga Quarters Kano, was charged with gross indecency, causing grevoius hurt and attempt to commit culpable homicide.
Delivering judgment, Justice Suleiman Baba-Namallam, held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge sentenced Yahaya to three years imprisonment with a fine of N20,000 for act of gross indecency.
Baba-Namallam also sentenced the convict to seven years imprisonment with a fine of N30,000 for causing grevoius hurt.
He also sentenced Yahaya to 10 years imprisonment for attempted murder
The judge held that the sentences would run concurrently.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Zahraddeen Kofar-Mata informed the court that the convict committed the offence on May 12, 2019 at Tal’udu Quarters Kano.
Kofar-Mata said that the convict was sent by his employer to give his staff(Aisha Kabir) some food for Iftar at Orbit Dental clinic Tal’udu Quarters Kano.
“After giving her the food, the victim begged the convict to help her switch on the generator set because there was no electricity.
“The convict instead grabbed the victim’s breast, threatened her and held her hostage using a sharp knife.
”He inflicted a deep cut on her throat and collected her cellphone and ran away ,” he said.
The prosecutor told the court that the victim was later found by one Zayyanu Abdulhamid, lying in a pool of her blood.
He said that the victim was rushed to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano for treatment.
The prosecution presented four witnesses to prove his case against the defendant.
The convict defended himself and pleaded not guilty.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 285, 248 and 229 of Kano State Penal Code.
In his plea for leniency, Defence Counsel, Mr I I Abubakar, told the court that the defendant was a first time offender and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
“The defendant is still very young and can still be useful if given a second chance,” Abubakar said.