The accused assaulted the complainant, one Mercy Ogula, while she was trying to settle a dispute between him and her cousin.
A 32-year-old trader, Lawrence Egbule, who allegedly poured hot oil on a woman, was on Friday brought before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The accused, a resident of Ajanlekoko Street, Kirikiri Town, Apapa, Lagos, pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of attempted murder, grievous body harm and stealing.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Olusegun Kokoye told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 22 at their residence.
Kokoye alleged that the accused assaulted the complainant, one Mercy Ogula, while she was trying to settle a dispute between him and her cousin.
He said that the accused had the intention of pouring the hot oil on the complainant’s cousin, but it landed on Ogula.
Kokoye said that other tenants who were at the scene of the incident immediately rushed Ogula to the hospital, while Egbule was apprehended and taken to the police station.
The prosecutor claimed that Egbule also attempted to steal a phone worth N120,000 belonging to a police officer, Abiola Popoola, while at the police station.
Kokoye said that the offences contravened Sections 228,243 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 228 prescribes life imprisonment for attempted murder.
The magistrate, Mr M.A Etti, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
He adjourned the case until August 1 for further hearing.
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