A pregnant 17-year-old girl has committed suicide after the man who put her in the family way refused to accept responsibility.
Punch reports that the 33-year-old Ajezu, a resident of Monkey Village, Maza-Maza, Lagos State, was arraigned at a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in the state on a one-count charge of causing death by negligence for his role in the death of the girl.
The police prosecutor handling the case, Sergeant Anthonia Osayande, had told the court that Ajezu was dating Ekwere and got her pregnant but denied responsibility, forcing her to kill herself.
“When she became pregnant for him, Ajezu refused to take responsibility for the pregnancy because he was planning to get married to another woman.
Late Chisom Ekwere’s elder sister took her to the house of the accused and she started living with him while still pregnant.”
According to Sergeant Osayande, the accused allegedly told the deceased girl that he was going to the village for his wedding ceremony with another woman, an action that caused heartbreak for her, leading to her drinking the deadly insecticide.
The prosecutor added that the victim left behind a suicide note indicating that she drank the sniper insecticide because she was heartbroken by Ajezu’s behaviour.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty and the Chief Magistrate, Ipaye Nwachukwu, granted him bail in the sum of N300,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
The case was then adjourned until December 20, 2016, for a mention.