A High Court sitting in Plateau State on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Ponjul Yakubu, to death by hanging, for shooting his father to death.
Justice A.I. Ashoms was said to have given the death sentence after he found Yakubu guilty of a one-count charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death under section 221 of the Penal Code.
“Going by the findings of this court, you, Ponjul Yakubu, mercilessly took the life of your father, Mr Domsing Yakubu, in cold blood.”
“You have, however, shown remorse and appeared sober throughout your trial; however, this sentence is mandatory as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.”
“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Ponjul Yakubu, will be hanged until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul,” the judge declared.
NAN reports that Yakubu was arraigned on July 8, 2015, to face a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death, after allegedly committing the crime on May 5, 2015.
Specifically, he was accused of using his father’s dane gun to kill him, while the old man was taking an afternoon nap under a tree in their home at Dorowa, in Vwang Gwong Village, Shendam Local Government, Plateau State.
When Yakubu appeared in court, however, he pleaded not guilty to the allegation of killing his father.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Gideon Azi of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who investigated the matter, however, told the court that Yakubu had confessed to killing his father for refusing to buy a motorcycle for him.
“He ( Yakubu ) confessed that he returned home on the said date and found his father sleeping on a mat under a tree, went into his father’s room, took his loaded gun and shot him at close range,” Azi told the court.