Man Arraigned For Battering Woman

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A 27-year-old man, Chukwuemeka Okoro, who allegedly beat a woman to a pulp in their tenement building, on Thursday appeared before an Apapa Magistrate’s’ Court, Lagos.

Okoro, a resident of Festac Town, Lagos, is standing trial on a charge of assault.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Tony Elibeh, told the court that the accused, who entered a `not-guilty’ plea, committed the offence on March 15 at his residence.

He alleged that the accused assaulted the complainant, Joy Fano, a co-tenant, by beating her to a pulp.

Elibeh said the assault followed an argument between the accused and the complainant.

“The accused claimed that Fano was rude to him.

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“Efforts by their neighbours to settle the dispute were unsuccessful as the accused continued to beat her,” he said.

The offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 171 prescribes a three-year jail term for assault occasioning harm.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Titus Abolarinwa, in his ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Abolarinwa said the surety must be gainfully employed and should also provide evidence of two-year tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case until April 26 further hearing.

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