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In Edo Court remands woman, 36, for alleged killing pregnant neighbour with kitchen knife

The Prosecutor, Mrs V. Soyemi, told the court that Obamwonyi committed the offence at about 20:30 p.m. at No 22, Iyamu Street, off Textile-mill Road, Benin, on Jan. 30.

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An Egor Magistrates’ Court in Benin on Thursday remanded a 36-year-old woman, Evelyn Obamwonyi, for allegedly killing her pregnant neighbour with a kitchen knife.

The Prosecutor, Mrs V. Soyemi, told the court that Obamwonyi committed the offence at about 20:30 p.m. at No 22, Iyamu Street, off Textile-mill Road, Benin, on Jan. 30.

Soyemi said that the defendant stabbed the victim severally with a kitchen knife.

Obamwonyi was arraigned on one-count charge of unlawful killing, but no plea was taken.

She said the offence contravened Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol. 11 Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, now applicable in Edo.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Abhulimen Iyoha, said that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case.

Iyoha ruled that the defendant’s case file would be sent to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

He, however, adjourned the case till March 16 for mention.

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