A man has been docked in a court in Lagos for allegedly beating his brother's wife because she is barren.
Daily Post reports that Ojeriahi, a businessman who resides on Ibefun Street in the Alapere, Ketu area of the state, had told his neighbours that his sister-in-law had refused to give his elder brother a child after five years of marriage, and as such, wanted her to leave the house so the brother can marry another woman who would give him kids.
The accused was charged on one-count of assault occasioning harm for the offence he committed on June 14, 2016.
According to the police prosecutor, Lucky Ihiehie, the incident happened shortly after the complainant, a trader, came back from the market that night.
“She looked for the key where her husband normally kept it for her, but did not find it. As she waited outside for her husband to come back, her brother-in-law came into the compound.
He walked to where she was standing and pushed her. She fell. He then took the torchlight the complainant was holding and started hitting her face. The accused beat her to a pulp until neighbours came to her rescue,” Ihehie told the court.
Ihiehie added that as soon as the woman’s husband came back and saw what his younger brother had done, he confronted him and was about to beat him up when neighbours stopped him.
Ojeriahi, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, alleged that the complainant refused to let him into the house when he came back from work.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. S. Amzat, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N10,000 with two reliable sureties and adjourned the matter till July 17.