A 30-year-old landlady, Oluwatoyin Adeleye, yesterday appeared at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly pouring hot water mixed with pepper on her tenant.
The accused, who lives at Aboru, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, South west Nigeria is facing a one-count charge of inflicting injury. She pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi granted the accused N100, 000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. She said the sureties should be employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Prosecutor Ezekiel Ayorinde said the accused committed the offence last December 25 at her house. He alleged that the accused injured Mrs. Justinah Julius by pouring hot water mixed with pepper on her.
“The complainant claimed that she removed her shoes before entering her room and that a few seconds later she saw the accused picking the shoes.
“She said before she came out of her room, the accused had gone. She went to the accused’s room demanding her shoes, but an argument ensued, which resulted in a fight.
“The accused ran inside the kitchen, carried the boiling water on fire and emptied it on her body, which resulted in scalding her skin.
“The complainant was taken to hospital, the case was reported and the accused was arrested,” Ayorinde told the court.
He said the offence violated Section 246 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.