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Landlady pours hot water on tenant over shoe theft

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 Rufus Akindele

A landlady, Oluwatoyin Adeleye, who allegedly poured hot water mixed with pepper on one of her tenants, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrate Court in Lagos.

Adeleye, 30, who lives at Aboru, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi on a charge of inflicting wound.

The accused, however, denied committing the offence and was granted N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.  

Osunsanmi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on 25 December at her residence.
He said that Adeleye unlawfully inflicted wound on her tenant, Mrs Justinah Julius, by pouring hot water mixed with pepper on her body.

“The complainant claimed that she off her shoe at her doorstep and entered her room, few seconds later she sighted the accused picked up her shoe.

“Before she came out of her room the accused had gone, she went to her room demanding for her shoe, an argument ensued which resulted in a fight.

“The accused ran inside the kitchen, carried the boiling water on the fire and emptied it on her body, scalding her skin.

“The complainant was rushed to the hospital, the case was reported and the accused was arrested,” he stated.

He said the offence violated Section 246 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The case was adjourned till Feb. 13 for mention.