20th April, 2011
A 34-year-old housewife, Chundung Davou, on Tuesday appeared before a Jos High court, charged with killing of Stephanie Daniang, believed to be her husbandâ€™s girlfriend.
The state prosecutor, Olivian Milahan, told the court that the accused had on 5 March , 2009 poured a bowl of hot food on Daniang, an action, which led to her death.
She further told the court that the accused had trailed the victim to her house, where she allegedly attacked her.
Milahan averred that the offence was contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code and was punishable by death because the victim died as a result of injuries she sustained during the attack.
The prosecutor prayed the court to grant the prosecution special permission to tender exhibits and evidence to prove that the accused committed the offence.
When the charge was read to the accused, she pleaded not guilty, saying that she only went to the victimâ€™s house to warn her to steer clear of her husband.
â€œMy Lord, I only went to her house to warn her to leave my husband alone. While I was speaking, a struggle erupted between us,â€ Davou maintained.
She told the court that her husbandâ€™s girlfriend was the one who tried to empty the plate of hot food on her before neighbours intervened.
â€œI am innocent. I did not pour the food on the lady. She only suffered some burns during the struggle we had,â€ she claimed.
Under cross examination by the prosecutor, the accused told the court that she did not know on which part of the body the victim was injured during the struggle with the hot pot of food.
The trial judge, Justice Mohammed Sirajo, adjourned the case till 6 June and ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody.