CHUKWUNONSO Uchegbu, a 55-year-old trader, who allegedly beat his wife’s friend to a pulp, on Thursday, appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Uchegbu, who resides at No. 10, Kayode Lateef Street, Ikorodu, Lagos, is facing a three-count charge bordering on assault and grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor, Godwin Anyanwu, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 23 at about 5.30 p.m. by Decent College, Ikorodu, in Lagos State.
Anyanwu, an ASP, said the complainant, Mrs Grace Nzedinobi, and the accused’s wife were neighbours and friends and that they also belong to the same society in the church.
“The accused confronted the complainant that she is a bad influence on his wife which led to a misunderstanding between them.
“On the fateful day, the complainant went to buy something and met the wife of the accused on her way and the duo exchanged greetings. When the accused saw them, he abused the complainant and threw sand on her face.
“The complainant tried to run away, but the accused held her and gave her blow on her face and then the accused carried a nine-inch block and hit her on the head,” he said.
According to Anyanwu, the complainant fainted and was taken to Ikorodu General Hospital by the accused’s wife and some good Samaritans.
He noted that the offences contravened sections 171, 243 and 244 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Soladoye, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to July 17 for mention.