BY ENYIM ENYIM
ONITSHA—A magistrate’s Court in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area presided by Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Offor E.G would today hear the suit against a mother of four children, Mrs. Ifechukwu Obi, who was remanded in Onitsha prisons for allegedly maltreating her house help.
Mrs Obi, according to the police prosecutor, Mr Boniface Ugo, used an electronic pressing iron on the buttocks of her house-help, Miss Chinenye Emeka (13) on July 25, 2012, thereby inflicting bodily and mental harm on her.
Consequently, Obi was prosecuted on a three-count charge of felony, assault and neglect of guardian responsibility.
“The offence is a bail-able one but the court should make the bail stringent for her to learn her lessons,” the police prosecutor said while tendering the picture of the wounded girl to the court.
However, Obi pleaded not guilty to the charges, insisting that she did it out of provocation.
In his argument, a human rights lawyer,Mr Udoka Anugwu, maintained that justice must be done by remanding the woman since she had not shown any remorse for her action.
“Chinenye has been in the hospital without proper care and she needs blood. As I am speaking, the human right community members here had been looking for her relatives,” Anugwu said.
In her ruling, Offor ordered that Obi be remanded in the Onitsha prisons just as she scolded her husband for not performing his duty as the head of the home.
She described the woman’s action as unfortunate that was not expected of a mother.
“Her own children are humans, but that of another is a stone to be given his type of inhuman treatment; she should be remanded in the Onitsha prisons till the adjournment date”.
The magistrate while adjourning hearing on the matter to today, August 2, 2012, vowed that she would have kept the accused in prison till September but for her vacation.