Angry mother bathes daughter with hot soup
• Man bags eight years for killing friend over girlfriend
A Benin-based housewife, Tricia Oterneghoro, has bathed her 13-year-old daughter, Joyce Emmanuel, with hot soup for allegedly sleeping in a neighbour’s room. The incident occurred at No. 9, James Watt Street, New Benin area, in Benin, Edo State. The soup burnt the girl’s chest.
According to a report monitored on a local television station, residents in the area rushed to the scene of the incident to administer first aid on the victim.
Some of them told journalists that they had cautioned the victim’s mother on several occasions to stop maltreating her daughter but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
According to one of the neighbours, “a woman in her normal sense will not do this to her daughter. I have warned her not to beat the girl again. Her father called yesterday and the girl said she was interested in going to nursing school.”
Narrating her ordeal, the victim, Joyce said she wanted to go out and take her bath on Monday night but her mother refused. Joyce said she went out to take her bath and her mother locked her outside, which made her to sleep in her friend’s room.
She said she was shocked when her mother stormed the room the next day and pour hot soup on her. “It was in the evening and I said I wanted to take my bath but my mummy said no. I went out to take my bath and my mummy locked the door. After knocking many times, I went to sleep in my friend’s house. In the morning, my mummy came and poured hot soup on my body.”
In her reaction, the victim’s mother, Mrs. Oterneghoro, said she did not know what came over her to make her pour the hot soup on her daughter. She said she had warned her neighbours not to allow her daughter sleep in their room and when she saw her the following morning, she poured the hot soup on her.
In another development, a 24-year-old man, Sodiq Salaudeen, was yesterday sentenced to eight years imprisonment for killing his friend during a fight over a girlfriend at Ijanikin area of Lagos State.
The convict was sentenced by Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, after changing the initial charge of murder to manslaughter.
The judge observed that the three witnesses who testified before the court were not at the scene when the crime occurred. He said: “The court will be relying on the statement of the defendant, which showed that he had no intention to kill the deceased.
“The statement read and I quote, ‘I used the iron from the Hausa man’s shop to stab him on the left side of his chest. I only wanted to scare him because I was being overpowered by him and his friends; I did not intend to kill him.”
Pronouncing the sentence, the judge, however, said that Salaudeen’s eight-year sentence would start from the day he was first detained for the crime. “The defendant is hereby sentenced to eight years in prison with effect from April 19, 2012.”
Salaudeen, who was dressed in a white attire, had an expression of relief on his face after the sentence was pronounced.
Prior to the sentence, counsel to the convict, Mr. K.O. Adebayo, had in his plea for leniency, told the court that the convict committed the offence out of youthful exuberance.
“Since the objective of punishment is to reform and not for retribution, I plea for a lighter sentence for the convict so that he can still be useful to the society.”
According to the prosecutor, Mr. Adebayo Haroun, the convict, who was 19 years old when the offence was committed, stabbed one Tope Akinyemi with a sharp object in his chest during a fight.
He said, “the deceased and Salaudeen had attended the same secondary school and knew each other. They developed a liking for the same girl and a rivalry developed between them, which led to a fight with their friends joining.
“When Salaudeen felt that Akinyemi was gaining an upper hand in the fight, he ran into the nearby kiosk of a Hausa trader to pick a sharp object, which he used to stab the deceased once in the chest leading to his death.”