The Court ruled against Umar Shehu Bashir who committed the crime in 2015, taking the 2-year-old girl, Fatima to his room and forcefully raping her.
The court passed the sentence of death by hanging on Wednesday by Justice Kabir Dabo under section 221 of the penal code of Kaduna State law 1999 as amended.
The suspect, Bashir Umar had confessed to the crime in both written and oral statements to the court.
Vanguard quoted the Judge saying, “The convict has confessionally confirmed the occurrence of the offence, as well, his written statements also confirmed. 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.”
The judge also pointed out that the sentence can be appealed by the convict in the next 90 days.
The father of 2-year-old Fatima was delighted by the court ruling and is happy the daughter has finally gotten justice.