A Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Igboosere, has ordered that a teenage house maid, Esther Abiodun, be remanded at the Lagos State Correctional Centre, Idi-araba, Mushin, till October 2, when the court will commence her trial.
The 17 year-old maid, was alleged to have poured hot water on her employer, Alhaja Dupe Iba-Agba, while she was asleep.
The teenager was arraigned before the court on two counts charge bordering on unlawful pouring of hot water on her employer’s body; and causing occasioning grievous bodily harm.
The Police prosecutor, Inspector Philip Osijale, had informed the court that the accused committed the offence on September 14, 2015 at the victim’s residence situated at 20/21, Osho Street, Lagos Island, a day after she was employed.
The offences according to the prosecutor are contrary to and punishable under sections 171 and 243 of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused had pleaded guilty to the charges when she was first arraigned before the court on September 18. And presiding magistrate, W. Balogun, had adjourned for facts and sentence.
Osijale had informed the court that the accused boiled hot water and monitored her boss until she slept off, and poured the boiled water on her body, while she was fast asleep, adding that in the process, the victim sustained serious burns all over her body including her chest, right and left hands.
He said the victim was rushed to intensive care unit in a Lagos State hospital where doctors are still battling to save her life.
Osijale further stated that during investigation, the accused admitted to committing the crime and informed the police that she intentionally did that to teach her a lesson for unjustifiable reasons.
But at the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, the accused informed the court of her intention to change her plea.
Upon this development, the magistrate ordered that the charge be reread to the accused so that her plea could be taken. And she pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Consequently Magistrate Balogun, admitted bail to the teenager in the sum of N100, 000, with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the matter till October 6, for mention.

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