An Asaba Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 44-year-old woman, Mrs. Helen Nwokobia and her three children to six months imprisonment each for assaulting their landlord.The children are Chukwudi Nwokobia, 20, Emeka Nwokobia, 17 and Ify Nwokobia, 23.

The court in Nigeria’s Delta state capital, however, gave the convicts an option of N2, 000 as fine each.

The Magistrate, Miss Patricia Okoh said that the prosecution had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the four convicts actually committed the offence.

Okoh said that the evidence presented before the court by the prosecution had assisted the court to pass the judgment.

She warned the convicts to henceforth be of good behaviour, adding the court would not be lenient on them in the future if arraigned for a similar offence.

The police prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Odai, had earlier told the court that the convicts committed the offence on July 20, 2011 at No. 24, Umkoro St., Asaba by slapping their landlord, Mr Joseph Arinze on the face.

Odai said that the offence contravened Section 351 of the Criminal Code Cap C21 Vol. 1, Laws of Delta State, 2006.

The convicts had earlier pleaded not guilty when arraigned on July 26, 2011 but changed their plea when the case came up on June 12, and pleaded for leniency.