A 22-year-old man, John Onuoha, yesterday, appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly placing hot pressing iron on the back and hand of his nine-year-old niece.
Onuoha, a factory worker, who resides at 16, Remoye Street, Akowonjo Egbeda, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge bordering on assault.
The prosecutor, Inspector Simeon Inuoha, told the court that the offences were committed on December 25 at the accused’s residence.
Inuoha said that John accused his nine-year-old niece of stealing his money.
The prosecutor said that the pressing iron burnt the back and hand of the girl and she was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
He said the offences contravened Sections 170 and 177 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B. O. Osunsanmi, granted the accused N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
She then adjourned the case till March 6 for mention.