By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi — An Onitsha Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Magistrate Chioma Amalu, yesterday remanded Mr. Joshua Uzochukwu Ezirim at Onitsha Prison for alleged murder of his father, Mr. Sampson Ezirim, who until his death was a book seller at Onitsha Main Market, Anambra state.
There was a mild drama in the court after the police prosecutor, Mr. Crescent Ogbu, named the wife of the man and his three sons as the four witnesses, although the widow was not in court as she was said to be mourning.
After reading the charge, the magistrate declined jurisdiction and ordered that the suspect be remanded in Onitsha Prisons, while the case file be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for prosecution at the high court.
When the accused, who did not look remorseful, asked to address the court and was given permission, he said he did not kill his father intentionally, but in self-defence.
According to Joshua, he completed his business apprentice two weeks ago and told his father to give him money to establish his business, but he refused.
He said on the day of the incident, he had woken his father up to discuss the issue, but his father refused and asked him to leave his presence. His insistence led to his father hitting him with wood several times. So he ran to the kitchen, took a knife to defended himself.
The suspect told the Magistrate to make pronouncement on the matter, based on the fact that he did not kill his father intentionally, but in self-defence.
The magistrate replied: “Pronouncement on what? I do not have jurisdiction in this matter and you are telling me that I should make pronouncement.”