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Sharia court sentences woman to N10,000 fine for setting ex-husband’s house ablaze

The convict confessed that she used petrol to burn the new bride’s house out of jealousy, according to the prosecutor.

• June 16, 2021
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A Sharia Court sitting in Rigasa, Kaduna sentenced a 34-year-old woman, Zainab Ibrahim, to six months imprisonment for burning her former husband’s new wife’s house. 

The judge however gave the convict an option of a N10,000 fine.

The judge, Salisu Abubakar-Tureta sentenced Ms Ibrahim after she pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and mischief by fire.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Inspector Sambo Maigari, told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 174 and 373 Shari’a criminal procedure.

He said that the convict confessed that she used petrol to burn the new bride’s house out of jealousy.

In her plea for mercy, she claimed that she was an obedient wife to her former husband until he divorced her to take another wife.

“He had promised to bring me back to my matrimonial home but did not after I served him and his parents for many years.

“The house belongs to me and my seven children,” she said. 

Mr Abubakar-Tureta however also ordered her to pay N131,000 as compensation for burning some household items belonging to Maryam Ramalan, the new bride.

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