Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Man puts pepper in 10-year-old daughter’s private part in Lagos

A 37-year-old father, Okoro Odia, was Wednesday dragged before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos State for putting ground pepper on his 10-year-old daughter’s private part.
The police prosecutor, Ihiehie Lucky, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence sometime in June and again in August.

Ihiehie said Okoro, who is standing trial on a three-count of indecent treatment, attempted to commit murder and assault, unlawfully and indecently dealt with his daughter.

The prosecutor said, “The complainant told the police that Okoro, a furniture maker, had sometime in June used a dog chain to tie the girl to a ceiling fan and left her there.

“The accused tied the daughter to the ceiling because she failed to submit his lotto number to an agent. The indecent assault on the girl was reported by the step-mother, Abayomi Maria, to the Ketu Police Station.

“Maria told the police that on August 8 at about 8:00 p.m. Okoro called his daughter to bring her report sheet. When he saw that she failed, he indecently punished her. He told her to lie down and he put the dry pepper inside her private part, in her eyes and all over her body.

“Her screams alerted the step-mother who tried to stop him but he beat her up,” Ihiehie said, adding that the offences contravened sections 135, 228(1) and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused person pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs Temitope Oladele, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum, ordering that the sureties must deposit N100, 000 each into the Chief Registrars account and show evidence of gainful employment in a reputable organisation.

The Magistrate also said that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment and their addresses verified by the court.

She ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending his perfection of bail conditions and adjourned the case till October 13 for further hearing.

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