Woman jailed for injuring 12-year-old house-help with blade over meat

A woman has been sentenced to four and half years in prison for injuring her 12-year-old house-help with a blade for stealing a piece of meat.

Mrs Opeyemi Omoyemi, was sentenced by a Magistrate Court in Akure, Ondo state. She was arraigned on a five-count charge.

The widow, 36-year-old, was sentenced to three and half years imprisonment with hard labour on count one charge bothering on grievous harm, while she bagged one-year imprisonment on count five.

According to the police prosecutor, Emmanuel Tanimowo, the defendant used a stick and razorblade to inflict multiple injuries on the body of the house help which she accused of stealing pieces of meat from the pot of soup.

She committed the offence on February 6, 2022, at her residence located at Idimango Adewale axis of Ondo road, Akure, the state capital

Tanimowo, during the trial, applied for the withdrawal of the count four charges which were granted by the Magistrate, Mrs O.A Edwin.

The Defense Counsel, Folusho Kayode, who pleaded with the court to be lenient with the defendant said that the defendant was a first time offender.

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Kayode also informed the court that Omoyemi who is a mother of four little children had been the one responsible for the welfare of the victim.

He pleaded “the court should be lenient in passing sentence on the defendant. The prayer for leniency is that the defendant has been the one solely responsible for the wellbeing and education of the 12-year-old Sunday. She has been doing this dutifully for the past four years since the death of her husband.

“The defendant has kids and they have been crying since the incident happened as they could not see their mother.

“The defendant is a first offender and has never been arrested for any inhuman behaviour. The court should graciously pass the sentence.”

The defendant however still awaits judgement on count three of the charge bothering on trafficking in persons to which the defendant had pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Edwin adjourned the case to April 13, 2022, for trial.

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