Mother sentenced to five years imprisonment for throwing baby in river


mother-and-childAlmost everyone at the Osogbo Magistrate’s Court on Friday were satisfied with the punishment melted on a 30- year-old mother, Yidiat Bakare, who was sentenced to five years in prison for throwing her three-month-old baby into a river in Ifon-Osun community, Osun
State.

DailyPost gathered that the convict committed the offence on January 10, 2013 at about 4pm.

Yidait was said to have thrown her baby into the river to express her grievances following a disagreement with her husband, Amodu Bakare, which resulted to the death of the baby.

However she pleaded guilty to the offence when the charge was read to her and appealed that the court should temper justice with mercy.

Police prosecutor, Mr. Oladoye Joshua, said her behaviour resulted to the death of the baby, stressing that the offence was punishable under Section 325 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

Yidiat’s lawyer, Mr. Jimoh Daramola, also urged the court to be lenient in its judgement, describing the incident as a personal tragedy to the mother.

The Court Magistrate, Olusola Aluko, found Yidiat guilty.

He described the crime as inhumane, unacceptable and heinous.

Aluko said, “People should exhibit restraint during disputes. It is always good to seek amicable resolution of conflicts at all times.

“The baby sent to the grave does not know whether the parents were quarrelling or not. This crime is unacceptable and heinous.”

He thus sentenced Yidiat to five years in prison with hard labour without an option of fine.


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