Justice Aiah Simeon Allieu of the High Court of Sierra Leone, on Thursday 8th September 2022, sentenced Abu Bakarr Kanu to 50 years in prison after he confessed to having murdered his wife, Umu Kargbo, on the 23rd May 2015, at 67 Upper Philip Street in Wellington, the Western Area of Freetown.

The accused confessed to having stabbed his now deceased wife on the throat with a kitchen knife, which lead to her death from excessive bleeding.

During his confession to the court, he stated that when he came home from work on that day he did not meet his wife at home. He then called out her name and she answered from within an unfinished building close to their home where she was later found. He confronted the deceased and stabbed her on her throat. The convict was arrested by neighbors who heard the commotion.

The convict told the court in an apparent plea of mitigation, “I did not know how it all came about as we (he and the deceased) have been having quarrels that have been settled.” Abubakarr Kanu then asked for mercy before the judge pronounced his sentence of 50 years in prison.

In pronouncing the sentence on the accused, Hon. Justice Simeon Allieu stated that the incidence of violence against both men and women was becoming the order of the day in Sierra Leone, and must be brought under control through precedents that would serve as a deterrent to would-be future perpetrators of violence of that magnitude.

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