Woman docked over battering of disabled husband
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)