By Onozure Dania
Lagos— A carpenter, Okechukwu Onyemachi, 37, who attempted to take his life, while at the Police cell, was arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Chief’s Magistrate’s Court.
The defendant was said to have attempted to commit suicide by using his pair of trousers to hang himself in order to escape from being prosecuted for chopping off his ex-lover’s lip.
The carpenter was arrested for beating and chopping off the upper lip of his former lover, one Nneka Obi, after meeting another man in her apartment.
Oyemachi is facing a two-count charge of assault and attempted suicide preferred against him by the police.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Quasim Adams, told the court that the defendant had on August 7, 2014 at about 8.30am, at 80, Kadara Street, Oyingbo beat up and hit the victim with a hard object on the head before biting off her upper lip.
He also told the court that the defendant in a move not to be prosecuted, removed his trousers and attempted to hang himself at the water pipe that runs through the police’s cell.
According to Adams,the offences are contrary to Sections 244 and 233 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The defendant’s counsel, Saka Kayode, urged the court to strike out the case, as Oyemachi and the victim have agreed to settle the matter out of court.
The prosecutor, however, objected to the application on the grounds that he was not