The businesswoman, Odor Onyinyechi, who reportedly poured hot water on her 14-year-old niece, Esther Ariserekwu, has been arraigned before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The defendant was accused of assaulting her niece over a mistake the minor made.
A police prosecutor, Anthonia Osanyade, told the court that the accused committed the offence on September 5, 2016, on Adetola Street, Aguda, Surulere, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
She said, “The accused poured hot water on her 14-year-old niece, Esther Ariserekwu, who has been with her for more than a year. The girl mistakenly poured dirty water into her pot of soup that was stored in the freezer.”
The prosecutor added that the offence contravened Section 243 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to one count of assault. The court granted Oyinyechi bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties, the court ruled, must be a blood relation of the accused with evidence of tax payment to the state government.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Ipaye Nwachukwu, adjourned hearing till October 13, 2016.