21 June 2016
One Ojeriahi Victor, 30, was docked at an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, on Tuesday for allegedly beating his elder brother’s wife to a pulp because she was “barren’’.
Ojeriahi, a businessman who lives on Ibefun Street, Alapere is facing a one-count charge of assault occasioning harm.
The prosecutor, Police Sergeant Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 14 at the complainant’s residence.
Ihiehie said that the incident happened shortly after the woman, a trader, returned from her business around 9 p.m.
“She looked for the key where her husband normally keeps it for her, but did not see it.
“As she was waiting outside for her husband to also return home, her brother-in-law came into the compound receiving a call.
“He walked to where she was standing and pushed her down,’’ he said.
The prosecutor said that the accused took the torchlight the complainant was holding and started hitting her face.
“The accused beat her up to a pulp until neighbours came to her rescue,’’ he stressed.
Ihiehie said that as soon as the complainant’s husband returned and saw what his younger brother had done, he confronted him and was about to beat him up when neighbours stopped him.
He said that the accused narrated to the neighbours that he beat up his sister-in-law because she had refused to give his elder brother a child after five years of marriage.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, alleged that the complainant refused to let him into the house when he returned from work.
The Magistrate, Mrs. O.S. Amzat, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N10,000 with two reliable sureties and adjourned the matter till July 17.