Woman ar­raigned over tor­ture of mi­nor

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Richard P. Ng­bokai

A preg­nant woman has been ar­raigned be­fore an Abuja Grade 1 Area Court for alleged crim­i­nal tor­ture of an eightyear-old child un­der her care.

Pa­tience Michael, a res­i­dent of Dape II vil­lage, was ar­raigned un­der sec­tions 238n and 246 of the Pe­nal Code.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Zira Dou­glas, told the court that the accused per­son used a hot knife to in­flict in­juries on an eight-year-old child whom she accused of witch­craft.

The pros­e­cu­tor said: “The crime was de­lib­er­ately car­ried out by the accused per­son to cause the vic­tim un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing.’’

Dou­glas added that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the accused con­fessed to the crime, claim­ing that the vic­tim was a mem­ber of a secret cult who al­legedly in­serted a stone into her two year old child’s stom­ach.

The accused, how­ever, de­nied the charges when they were read to her in court and was re­leased on bail in the sum of N200, 000 with a surety who must be on Grade Level 12 in the pub­lic ser­vice while the case was ad­journed to Au­gust 16, 2016, for hear­ing.

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