A Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday, ordered that a 34-year-old man be remanded in Ikoyi prison for allegedly assaulting his wife, Bukola and biting off the tip of her nose.
Bisi Adebiosu, who resides at No. 34 Verimacqueen Str., Lagos Island, is facing a two-count charge of domestic violence and assault occasioning harm.
The prosecutor, Insp Nurudeen Thomas, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 9 at the couple’s resident.
He said that on the said day, the accused beat his wife, an auxiliary nurse and a mother of two to a pump and bit off the tip of her nose.
He said that the couple, who got married in 2007, started having problems when the wife got employed at a private hospital.
He told the court that the husband, who owns a a boutique, in front of their house, started complaining about his wife’s new dressing sense to work.
“Adebiosu beats his wife and does not provide for the family, ” he told the court.
Thomas said that the offences contravened Sections 11(a) (b) of the Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, 2007 and the 176 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
While 11(a) (b) prescribes five years imprisonment with or an option of N100,000 for any one found guilty of the charge, section 176 stipulates three-year imprisonment for offenders .
The accused, who pleaded guilty to the charge of assault, however, said he was not guilty to the charge of domestic violence.
He told the court that he mistakenly bit off his wife’s nose in anger.
The accused told the court that on the day in question, he got home and met his children crying and when he asked the whereabouts of their mother, he was told she was at a party two houses away.
“I met my wife finishing off her fourth bottle of Stout in the midst of men; I had to force her home and during the struggle I mistakenly bite her nose.
“I do the best I can to take of our family but my wife does not give me the respect that I deserve as her husband”, he said.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Kikelomo Ayeye, however, remanded the accused at Ikoyi prison and adjourned the case until Feb. 12 for further hearing.
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