A 60-year-old man identified as Abdu has been sentenced to death by stoning by an Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Kano for raping a 12-year-old girl.
The suspect was convicted on a count charge of rape contrary to Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.
The presiding judge, Ibrahim Sarki-Yola, noted that Abdu pleaded guilty to the charge after the case was adjourned for the fourth time without changing his plea.
Sarki-Yola said the court was convinced by the accused person’s admission of the charge against him and found him guilty.
Following the conviction, the judge sentenced him to death by stoning under Section 127 (b) of the Kano State Shari’a Code Law 2000.
Sarki-Yola, however, ordered a 30-day grace within which to appeal the judgment.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Ms Badariya Muhammad, had told the court that the convict committed the offence sometimes in 2019, at Farsa village in Tsanyawa Local Government Area of the State.
Muhammad told the court that the convict about 1:00 p.m. had unlawful canal knowledge of the 12-year-old girl under a tree situated at Farsa village in Tsanyawa.
The prosecution argued that the offence contravened Section 126 of Kano State Shari’a Penal Code Law 2000.
In his submission before the Court, Abdu pleaded guilty to the charge in four separate sittings of the Court.