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Court sentences 15-year-old killer herdsman to death for murder

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Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja

A Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja on Tuesday convicted a 15-year-old Fulani herdsman, Haruna Usman, to death.

He was found guilty of stabbing one Happy David to death following an argument while trying to graze on the farm of the parents of the deceased.

Usman was charged with one count of culpable homicide punishable by death under Section 221 of the Penal Code.

The offence was said to have been committed on July 28, 2015 at Emiworo Village in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.

To prove its case against the convict, the prosecution called six witnesses and tendered six exhibits.

Usman, on the other hand, gave evidence for himself, and called only two witnesses.

While delivering his judgment, the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, found him guilty.

The prosecution had told the court that while trying to graze his cows on the farm of the deceased’s parents, the deceased resisted Usman,  but  as David turned around to leave, Usman stabbed him in the back and ran away.

The mother of the deceased, who was the second prosecution witness in the matter, was said to have also told the court that her son died as a result of the stabbing.

Justice Ajana held the prosecution was able to prove its case that Usman killed David.

“I am, therefore, also convinced that the prosecution has proved the third ingredient of the offence of culpable homicide beyond reasonable doubt. I, therefore, in the circumstance of this case, find the accused person guilty of the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death under Section 221 of the Penal Code.”

The judge added, “I shall, therefore, in conformity with the provision of Section 272(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code be ordering the detention of the convict at the governor’s pleasure.

“The convict shall be detained at Koton-Karfe Prison where he had been during his trial, to await the governor’s pleasure.”

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