Magistrate Court remands mother of 4 for allegedly killing her housemaid in Kano
In Kano State, a magistrate court has sent a mother of four, Fatima Hamza, to jail custody over the death of her 16-year-old maid.
It will be remembered that after being accused of beating the late Khadija Rabiu to a pulp and inserting dried pepper and metal object in her vagina for not doing the house chores she was told to do, Mrs Hamza was arrested.
It was said that the teenager, who is an indigenous person from Kwara State, died as a result of the injuries she suffered from the beating. Her co-housemaid, who previously said that Khadija died as a result of injuries from the beating she sustained, later withdrew her statement.
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Sitting in the Gyadi-Gyadi area of the state metropolis on Monday, Magistrate Court No 8 ordered Hamza to be detained for murder in a correctional centre.
Barrister Asma’u Ado, State Counsel, told the court that the woman was brought before the court on a one-count charge of guilty homicide that contradicts Penal Code Law section 224.
The individual accused pleaded not guilty.
Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi Chedi, her lawyer, applied for bail on health grounds, noting that while in police detention, the accused had a miscarriage and her baby was also not feeling well.
“As our client had a miscarriage due to shock, we have a medical report from the Police Headquarters Medical Centre. And as a nursing mother, her daughter is also sick, so we are seeking bail so that our client can have access to a facility for better medical care,” he said.
However, the state counsel objected to the request on the ground that the medical report did not indicate a particular illness suffered by the accused person “apart from the miscarriage from which she will recover as she continues to take her drugs.”
Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Khalil Mahmood, the presiding judge, subsequently ordered the accused person to be detained in a correctional centre and adjourned the case to February 16 for a decision on the bail application.