Seven-year-old assaulted with red-hot knife by aunt for allegedly stealing gum
For allegedly stealing a neighbour’ s chewing gum, a girl was beaten and injured with a red - hot knife by her 25-year- old aunt Loveth Ozoihu.
Ozoihu, who was arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates ’ Court on Tuesday, however , denied the offence .
The defendant, who is facing a charge of assault , occasioning harm, was granted a bail sum of N 200, 000 by the Chief Magistrate , Mrs Olufunke Sule -Amzat.
Sule - Amzat ordered the defendant to provide two responsible sureties as part of the bail conditions .
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government ; and adjourned the case until March 7, for trial.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ozoihu, a resident of Josiah Aina Street , Alakuko , a suburb of Lagos State , reportedly beat her 7- year -old niece to a pulp , then burnt her with a red - hot knife from a cooking gas fire .
The defendant, according to the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Benson Emuerhi , told the court that the defendant committed the offence on February 2, at her residence .
“ The defendant was , however , arrested by the police at Alakuko Division, following a tip- off from a neighbour, one Nmasi Okwudili, that they should rescue the victim , who was being abused by her aunt, ” Emuerhi said .
He said that the defendant beat the victim and used a red - hot knife to burn her buttocks for allegedly stealing her neighbour’ s chewing gum.
Emuerhi said that the defendant had earlier used a wire to beat the victim for taking fish from her stock and eating without her knowledge.
The offence , he said , contravened Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
NAN reports that the section prescribes a two -year prison term for offenders .