Woman docked over bat­ter­ing of dis­abled hus­band

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

A 38-year-old woman, Bless­ing Igwe, was on yes­ter­day brought be­fore a Gudu Up­per Area Court in Abuja for al­legedly bat­ter­ing her dis­abled hus­band all the time.

She also al­legedly re­sisted ar­rest when the po­lice came to ar­rest her.

Igwe, who re­sides at CBN Es­tate at Apo in Abuja, is fac­ing a three­count charge of as­sault, crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion and re­sist­ing law­ful ar­rest.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Fidelix Og­bobe, told the court that the com­plainant, one Robin­son Igwe of Choos Es­tate, Apo re­ported the mat­ter at the Apo Po­lice Sta­tion on Au­gust 2.

Og­bobe al­leged that the de­fen­dant was al­ways tak­ing ad­van­tage of her hus­band’s phys­i­cal chal­lenge to as­sault him.

“The de­fen­dant al­ways takes ad­van­tage of her hus­band’s dis­abil­ity to as­sault him. The com­plainant is a phys­i­cally chal­lenged per­son, who uses crutches. He has been ad­mit­ted in hospi­tal be­cause of a head in­jury as a re­sult of as­sault and bat­tery from his wife.

“De­spite po­lice intervention the ac­cused had re­peat­edly beaten her hus­band at the slight­est provo­ca­tion,’’ he told the court.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the com­plainant had pe­ti­tioned the com­mis­sioner of po­lice in Abuja on the mat­ter.

He said fur­ther that the de­fen­dant had also ab­sconded with two chil­dren pro­duced by the union for over a year to an un­known des­ti­na­tion.

“The de­fen­dant only reap­peared on Au­gust 1, af­ter more than a year since she left her mat­ri­mo­nial home and sent the com­plainant out of his house for days. But when the com­plainant re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, the de­fen­dant re­sisted ar­rest on three oc­ca­sions un­til she was fi­nally ar­rested on the fourth at­tempt by the po­lice,’’ Og­bobe said.

He also al­leged that the de­fen­dant had threat­ened to kill the com­plainant.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the of­fences con­tra­vened sec­tions 265, 397 and 172 of the pe­nal code.

The de­fen­dant, how­ever, pleaded not guilty.

The pre­sid­ing judge, Al­haji Umar Ka­garko, granted the de­fen­dant bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum. Ka­garko ad­journed the case un­til Oc­to­ber17. (NAN)

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