Convicted Maryam Sanda appeals against Federal court’s ruling that found her guilty for the murder of her husband, late Bilyaminu Bello.
A federal court sitting in Abuja had on the 27th of February 2020 sentenced Maryam to death by hanging for the death of her husband.
However, she has filed an appeal against that judgement. According to her, she was not given a fair hearing.
Maryam has accused Justice Yusuf Halilu, the justice who sentenced her to death of being tainted by bias and prejudice.
According to Maryam, she was convicted based on assumptive evidence and that her fundamental right to a fair hearing was breached.
Therefore she asked the court to set aside the judgment and absolve her.
A part of her appeal reads: “The honourable trial judge erred in law when having taken arguments on the appellant’s preliminary objection to the validity of the charge on the 19th of March, 2018 failed to rule on it at the conclusion of the trial or at any other time.
“The circumstantial evidence which the trial court relied upon in its application of the last seen doctrine does not lead to the conclusion that the defendant is responsible for the death of the deceased.”
She supported her case by noting the lack of confessional statement; lack of corroboration of evidence by two or more witnesses; absence of murder weapon.
Also, she pointed out the absence of an autopsy report to determine the true cause of her husband’s death.