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Judge shows mercy to mother who tried to sell babies

Judge shows mercy to mother who tried to sell babies

The Nigerian mother who was arrested for attempting to sell her twin baby daughters has received a measure of mercy from the judge hearing her case.

According to a report by Punch, Judge Nuradeen El-Laden sentenced the woman to 10 months prison time or a court-ordered fine of 10 000 nairas (around R342).

In his judgement, the judge explained that he chose leniency as he understood that the mother had taken the decision to sell her children as a result of "abject poverty" and that a heavy sentence may have a negative impact on the babies' health. He added that she had shown remorse for her actions.

The woman, 30, was arrested in Katsina, northern Nigeria in December after attempting to sell her one-month-old twin baby daughters for 350 000 nairas (around R13 000).

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