A man, John Onyema, who allegedly beat his wife, Esther to death, was yesterday docked in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State. The defendant, aged 53, had appeared on a charge of murder. His plea was not taken.
Earlier, Onyema, who was helping homicide detectives in their bid to unravel how her wife died, denied all the allegations against him claiming his wife died as a result of heart attack and not due to the physical brawl they had.
The deceased, who was the proprietor of Brilliant Kids nursery and primary school, Ladi Lak area of Lagos, according to detectives, died after she was brutalised by her husband. The police said medical report showed that the deceased died as a result of the injuries and bruises she sustained during the numerous beating she suffered in the hands of her husband.
He also alleged that the defendant had beaten his wife, Esther, to death on the said day after an argument ensued between them. The offence, however, contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, which prescribes a death sentence for convict.
But the suspect, while speaking with newsmen, denied beating his wife on that fateful day. “We have been having problem for sometime now. She moved out of the house simply because I had no money. She went to live with one Pastor Friday. I suspect that she is having an affair with the pastor”.
“Before the unfortunate incident occurred, I came back from work sometime in January this year only to find out from my children that their mother had left the house. For three days I was looking for her but on the fourth day I discovered that she had moved in to stay with the pastor. When I went there, I saw her wearing only wrapper while the pastor was wearing only boxer’s short”.
But the police said the domestic war between the couple ended on a tragic note as the suspect was alleged to have beaten his wife to death. The police said the deceased had been accused by her husband of adultery and starving him of sex.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr O.O. Olatunji, ordered the remand of the defendant at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending receipt of advice. Olatunji, however, adjourned the case until March 17.