Magistrate D. A. Erinle of a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Yaba, has admitted bail to a 28- year-old housewife, Oluwatoyin Oyagoke, who allegedly poured hot water on her pregnant neighbour, Mrs. Rukayat Salami Osuolale.
The Magistrate admitted the bail to the mother of two after she changed her plea, on Wednesday.
The accused had earlier pleaded guilty to an attempted murder levelled against her by the police when she was first arraigned before the court on Monday, and the matter was slated for facts and sentence.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, the accused who was weeping profusely, pleaded with the court to change her plea. She informed the court she ignorantly pleaded guilty to the charge when arraigned because she has never been to court.
Consequently, the presiding magistrate ordered that the charge be read to her, for her plea to be taken.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was re-read to her.
Upon her not guilty plea, she was admitted to bail in the sum of N300, 000.00, with two sureties in the same sum.
The magistrate also ordered that the sureties must not be teachers but preferably civil servants in the Lagos State ministries or local government, who must have landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction.
She also ordered that the sureties must show to court evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State government, and have their addresses verified.
The matter has been adjourned till January 27, 2016, for trial.
The 28 year-old housewife, Oyagoke, was alleged to have poured hot water on the victim who is carrying six months pregnant during a heated argument, last Friday.
She was alleged to have committed the offence at 3, Gbagada road, Gbagada-Bariga, where she resides with the victim.
Upon her arrest, she was arraigned before the court on one count charge of attempted murder.
The accused, Nigerian Pilot learnt, had engaged the victim in a heated argument while they were both in the kitchen.
It was also learnt that the accused had poured the hot water on the victim who was also cooking noodles for her husband.
The victim is said to be on admission at the Truman and Burns Department of Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.
The offence according to the prosecutor, Sergeant Benedict Aigbokhan is contrary to and punishable under section 228 of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.


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