Court arraigns woman who allegedly assaults, locks up 5-year-old nephew for six months in Ikorodu

A Magistrate court sitting in Ogba, Lagos State,  has arraigned 43-year-old Sharon Williams, for allegedly locking up and assaulting her five-year-old nephew (name withheld) for six months.

She was said to have llegedly used a cutlass to inflict injuries on the boy’s head.

It was gathered that a neighbour reported the matter to the state Ministry of Women Affairs, which transferred the case to the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development, while the Deputy Coordinator for Child Protection, Lateef Akinborode, said it took about five hours for the suspect to surrender herself for arrest after security agents tried to gain access into her apartment around 8pm on July 14, 2021.

It was learnt that she was taken to Ijede Police Station.

The Police arraigned the suspect on Thursday on three counts bordering on grievous harm and assault occasioning harm.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendant injured the victim on the head and in different parts of his body.

Following the plea of the defendant, Chief Magistrate O. A. Ajibade, granted Williams bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

 must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the matter till September 7 for hearing.

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