Leadership (Abuja)

24 April 2012

Nigeria: Teenager Sent to Reformatory Home for Beating Up Married Woman

An Upper Area Court in Jos on Tuesday sent a 17-year-old boy, Nyam Sani, to six months in a reformatory home for beating up a married woman, one Mrs Grace Soul.

The court also ordered that the minor should be given seven strokes of the cane or a fine option of N3000.

The trial judge, Malam Mustapha Hassan, said that the prosecution had done an excellent job that proved that the minor committed the offence.

"The confessional statement of the accused assisted the court to pass the judgement on the minor.

"The court has relied on section 157(1) of the criminal procedure to convict the minor" the Judge declared.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Gokwat Ibrahim, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 11 at about 1.30 p.m.

He said the convict was annoyed with the complainant for not allowing her two underage daughters from entering his room in a compound they all shared at the West of Mines area of Jos.

"The accused accosted the married woman on her way to her shop and beat her up," the prosecutor told the court.

The prosecutor said that some of their neighbours arrested the boy and took him to Laranto Police Station for interrogation.

"During police investigation, the accused confessed to have committed the offence under anger," he told the court.

The prosecutor said that the accused has committed an offence contrary to section 265 of the penal code.

When the case came up for hearing, the accused pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency, saying that the married woman annoyed him over her order that her children, whom he considered as his younger sisters, must not enter his room.

The Judge warned him to be of good character after serving his reformatory term and advised him to stop getting angry unnecessarily. ( NAN )

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