A woman and her son, who allegedly assaulted their neighbour, one Folashade Akinola, by biting off part of her right ear, on Wednesday [Jan 20], appeared before an Ikeja Senior Magistrates' Court, Lagos State. Bose Oladunjoye, 44, and Tobi Oladunjoye, 20, both residents of 45, Olota Street, Ikeja, are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful assault.
The prosecutor, Inspector Uche Simon, told the court that the accused persons committed the offences on January 12 at the same address. Simon said that the accused person assaulted Akinola by beating her to a pulp and also biting off part of her right ear. He said that the complainant had heard Oladunjoye's daughter accusing another tenant of stealing her money.
"Akinola decided to confront Oladunjoye's daughter on the matter and when she got to their apartment, she told the mother what her daughter had done. Oladunjoye and her son, instead of listening to the complainant, assaulted her by beating her up and biting off part of her ear.
"Akinola was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital by neighbours who were at the scene of the fight," Simon stated.
The prosecutor noted that the offences contravened sections 172 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty.
The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Y.R. Pinheiro, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N20,000 each with two sureties each in like sum. Further hearing in the case was fixed for February 9.