Kano State High Court Presided over by Justice Zuwaira Yusuf has reserved 26th March, 2021 to deliver its sentence against Paul Owne being a mastermind behind the Kidnapping of some Kano children
Paul Owne was arraigned in court alongside 6 other co defendants on 40 Head Count Charges slammed on them by Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kano State Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan.
When the case came up today Friday for re-arraignment, first Defendant, Paul Owne admitted to all offences.
Consequently, the prosecution applied for the court to sentence and convict him accordingly, in view of his admission.
The Prosecution told the court that their prayer was in tandem with the provision of section 276 sub 1 and 2 of Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2019.
Chief J.O Nwoke is the counsel to Paul and urged the court not to sentence the first Defendant
” My Lord Section 276 of ACJA provides that where a person is standing trial on capital offence a plea of not guilty shall be recorded even if he admitted”
The Prosecution argued that Kidnapping is not consider to be capital in kano State Penal Law
” The Counsel to the 1st Defendant misconceaved the offence, kidnapping is not capital offence in Kano. we call on the court to so hold in the interest of Justice”
Delivering a bench ruling, Justice Zuwaira asked the Paul again weather he has understood the charges and he answered in affirmative.
She consequently, adjourned the sitting to 26th March for sentence.
Similarly, the 6 other Defendants pleaded not guilty to the 40 Head Count Charges against them.
Attorney General Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan maintained that the State is ready to commence hearing into the matter.
Other defendants in the are Mercy Paul
Speaking to Journalists after the court sitting, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Kano State, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan said prosecution is making progress to ensure convictions on the remaining Defendants saying state is ever ready to ensure Justice is served.
However, Counsel to the Paul stated his displeasure with his client admission
” I met him in Correctional Facility and advised him not to admit but he fail to heed to my advise”
Justicewatchnews.com learnt that the convict and other 6 Defendants in the suit were on November and December 2014 and 2015 respectively alleged to have conspired and kidnapped many children who are under 10 years and sold them at Onitsha in Anambra State.