Absence of legal representation stalled the trial of a Chinese national, Gheng Quangrong, 47, before a Kano High Court for allegedly killing his Nigerian girlfriend, Ummukulsum Sani, 22.
Mr Geng who lives at Nassarawa GRA Quarters Kano, was arraigned on September 21, before a Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court for culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code.
The Chinese will be formally charged on October 4, 2022, according to a date set by the court, which is presided over by Justice Sanusi Ado Ma’aji.
When the case resumed on Thursday for arraignment, Mr Quarong sought an adjournment to enable him to contact his counsel to represent him.
In his response, Kano State Attorney General Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan didn’t raise an objection to the defendant’s prayer to adjourn the matter.
“Obviously this case cannot go on today without a counsel standing for the defendant, It is capital in nature in the circumstances we apply for a short adjournment,” Kano Attorney General prayed.
Consequently, Justice Ma’aji adjourned the case until 4th October 2022 for arraignment.
The presiding judge, Sanusi Ado-Ma’aji, ordered the remand of Gheng in a Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter until October 4, for arraignment.
The police alleged that Mr Gheng went to the residence of his girlfriend Ummukulsum in Janbulo Quarters Kano on September 16, and stabbed her in the neck with a sharp object during a misunderstanding.