Wife beats husband, sends him out of his house

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A woman identified Blessing Igwe, was on Wednesday arraigned at Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja for allegedly battering her disabled husband and sending him packing from his own house for days.

National Daily gathered that when the police wanted to arrest her, Blessing resisted arrest three times but was unlucky as she was picked on the fourth attempt.

The 38-year-old woman, who resides at CBN Estate at Apo in Abuja, is  facing a three-count charge of intimidation, assault and resisting lawful arrest.

Mr. Fidelix Ogbobe, the Prosecutor, told the court that ‎the complainant, one Robinson Igwe who resides at Choos Estate, Apo on 2 August reported the matter at the Apo Police Station.

Ogbobe alleged that the wife was always taking advantage of her husband’s physical disability to assault him all the time at the slightest opportunity.

The prosecutor explained, “The defendant always takes advantage of her husband’s disability to assault him. The complainant is a physically challenged person, who uses crutches to walk.

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“He has been admitted in hospital because of a head injury as a result of assault and battery from his wife. Despite police intervention, the accused had repeatedly beaten her husband at the slighted provocation.”

It was learnt that the defendant also absconded with two children without letting the husband know to an unknown destination for more than a year.

The defendant was said to have only reappeared on 1 August after more than a year since she left her matrimonial home and sent the complainant out of his house for days before she was arrested.

On a number of times, it was further learnt, the complainant alleged that the wife planned to kill him. Having reported to the police, she became wild and violent towards her husband.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 265, 397 and 172 of the Penal Code. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until October 17 for further hearing.

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