The Kaduna State High Court has sentenced one Usman Shehu Bashir, to death by hanging for raping a two-year-old girl to death in the state.
The case which has lasted over a period of five years started on March 23 2015.
While delivering judgement on Wednesday June 3, Justice Dabo said Bashir had taken little Fatima to his room and for about 40 minutes, raped her which led to her death. The judge said the judgement of death by hanging was passed under section 221 of the penal code, Kaduna state law 1999 as amended.
“The convict has confirmed the occurrence of the offence, as well as his written statements. By these two confessional statements, the Court passed the judgement. On that fateful day, the convict took late Fatima to his room and for about 40 minutes, he raped her which led to her death, after the establishment of all the evidence of committing the crime.” he said.
According to the judge, the convict has the right to appeal the judgement within the next 90 days.
Father of the victim, Malam Zakariya Ya’u Dahiru, said he was happy that his daughter has finally gotten justice.