A trader, Tope Akinside, on Friday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly beating and bathing her neighbour with faeces. Akinside, 36, a resident of No. 14, Unity Street, Oke-Odo, Lagos, was arraigned on a two-count charge of breach of peace and assault.
The Prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Feb. 29 at her residence. Nwosu said that Akinside unlawfully assaulted her neighbor, Adunenke Okeowo, by beating and bathing her with faeces.
“The accused poured excrete on the complainant face and body,” he said. He said that the defendant beat the complainant’s son for playing in her frontage and the complainant confronted her. “The complainant went to meet the accused where she was washing excrete from her baby’s napkin to know why she beat her son.
“An argument ensued between them and the accused gave her a slap, lifted her up and threw her on the ground, she started punches her all over her body. She went further to carry the faeces she had already separated from her baby’s napkin and bathe the complainant with it". “The accused was still not satisfied, she broke a bottle and wanted to stab the complainant but for the quick intervention of neighbour’s who came to rescue the complainant.”
He said that the defendant and the complainant had been having grudges over the defendant’s refusal to pay her electricity and waste bills. The offences, Nwosu said, contravened Sections 166 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which attracts three years jail term on conviction.
Akinside pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The Magistrate, Mr A.A Adesanya, adjourned the case till April 11 for mention.