Sunday, 19 June 2016

WOMAN BATHES RAPIST WITH ACID IN ABUJA



A 31-year-old businesswoman, Nneka Nwachukwu of Dape Village, Abuja, told a Wuse Zone 2 High Court that she poured acid on Peter Nwogu, because he raped her. Nwachukwu, led in evidence by her counsel, Moneka Azubike, told the court on the 14th of June that Nwogu, the defendant, came to her house and forced her to sleep with him. 

The defendant was first arraigned on April 11, 2014 by the police for the offence of culpable homicide contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code. She said that on December 1, 2013, she went to her town meeting at Wuse and came back around 10 p.m. 


She said: “When I came back, I warmed my food which I came back with, then I went to see my landlord, Ikechukwu Obi, to pay my house rent. “I came back to my room and saw Peter Nwogu, who is my church member in my room. He told me that he travelled but could not reach home because it was late. 


“I welcomed him as a church member and he then asked me if I have food. I gave him the food I warmed and I went to take my bath.” The defendant said when she came back from the bathroom, she saw the deceased with only his boxer and he made love advances to her. 


She said: “I tried to stop him, but he didn’t. We argued and in the process he forced me to sleep with him. I was shouting, but nobody heard me. “I bit him and he bit me too. He was so strong that I had to pour acid on him. That was in my room. I then ran out to my landlord’s room.’’ 


She added that she explained to her landlord what had happened and he followed her to her room and saw the deceased, who asked for help. She continued: “The deceased asked my landlord to give him water. My landlord took his clothes from my room and gave him and I went to church to tell my parish priest what happened. 


“I did not know that the acid I poured on him will lead to his death. I kept the acid in my room because I had been a victim of rape and there have been complaints of break-ins in my area. “On December 2, I went to Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, to report the matter but I was told that the matter has been reported as the deceased was already dead.” 


The prosecuting counsel, Patrick Ogele, cross-examined the defendant and Justice Mamman Kolo adjourned the matter till July 1 for continuation of defence.
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