The Bauchi state High Court, presided over by Justice Muhammad Abubakar Sambo has sentenced a 27-year-old man, Salisu Ali, of Zango village in Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state, to death by hanging for committing culpable homicide.
In his ruling, Justice Sambo sentenced the accused to death by hanging for killing his seven-year old stepbrother Yusuf Ali.
Speaking to the court, the prosecution counsel, Barrister Sabiu Adamu Gumba, said the suspect lured his seven-year old brother to the bush where he pummeled him with a stick, killing him on the spot.
Barrister Gumba also said the accused later cut off the private part of the deceased and fed it to his dog.
Similarly, the accused, in a confessional statement, admitted to have murdered the little boy, however, he blamed it on a misunderstanding that ensued between him and the mother of the deceased.
Speaking further, the accused maintained that he took no intoxicant while committing the offence and the deceased did not engage him in a fight during the incident as he fell and died instantly.
The prosecution counsel presented his first witness, Aliyu Shehu, who is father to both the accused and the deceased.
The father told the court that the deceased was sent to the market by his mother on the day he was killed to buy detergent only for him to be lured by the accused into the bush.
Mr Shehu said a Good Samaritan informed him that he saw the accused with the deceased on their way to the bush.
The witness said some youth in the village later forced the accused into the bush where he showed them the body of the murdered boy.
In his judgment, Justice Sambo ordered that the accused be hanged on the neck until he ‘gives up the ghost’.