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Police officer’s wife bags two-year jail term for maltreating maid in Delta


9year-old maid, Miss Agatha Emmanuel

Mrs Precious Joseph, wife of a police officer, has been jailed for two years without an option of fine for violently abusing her nine-year-old maid, Miss Agatha Emmanuel, at the Okwe area of Asaba, Delta State.
In a ruling delivered by P.O. Obayuwana, Chief Magistrate, Court 11 in the Okwe Magisterial District, on Monday, the 31-year-old convict was jailed two years for using a hot kitchen knife to disfigure her victim’s mouth.
The two-count charge brought against her in Charge No: OMC/118C/2020, read: “That you, Precious Joseph, ‘f’ on July 31, 2020 at Iyasele Street, Okwe, did unlawfully assault one Agatha Emmanuel ‘f’ by causing her harm with hot knife on her mouth and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 355 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C21 vol.1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.
“Count 11: That you, Precious Joseph, ‘f’ on the same date, time and place did threatened violence with kitchen knife on Agatha Emmanuel ‘f’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 86 (2) of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21 vol.1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.”
The Chief Magistrate ruled that Mrs Precious Joseph be sentenced to two years in prison without an option of fine for abusing her victim and inflicting bodily injuries on her.
The case of child abuse was reported at the B Division Police Station, Okwe, by a neighbour, Mr Simeon Morba, who saw the deep injury on Agatha’s mouth while fetching water that morning and on enquiry, was told it was her aunt that inflicted it on her.
Morba then went to ask Mrs Joseph why she did that, but he was resisted with a fight, which prompted him to report the matter to the police.
From the accused’s statement obtained from the police charge file, Mrs Joseph stated that she burnt Agatha’s mouth because she took meat from the pot of soup against her warning that she should not take meat when eating.
She confessed that the girl is her brother’s daughter, whom she travelled to her village in Cross River State to request that she come to live with her to take care of her three young children so that she could focus on her business.
However, the Delta State Child Rights Implementation Committee, which took custody of the victim, followed up in court where Agatha got justice. Representative of the Child Rights Implementation Committee in court, Mrs Awele Ideal, said it was reassuring that justice had been served to act as deterrent to persons who deal violently with children under their custody.
MEANWHILE, father of the victim had arrived Delta State and after all formalities, the Ministry of Women Affairs handed over his daughter to him on Tuesday.

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