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Pastor And His Wife In Court For Beating Co-tenant With Plank

A pastor and his wife have been arraigned by the Enugu State Police Command before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in the State for attacking a co-tenant.

The pastor identified as David Orji and his wife- Happiness Orji were dragged before the magistrate court for assaulting one Mr Chukwudi Ugwu with a stick.

Both couple however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the prosecutor, Osita Atama, the matter was lodged at the Uwani Police Station in Enugu on February 26.

Atama affirmed that the suspects attacked Ugwu with a plank, leaving him with severe injuries.

The prosecutor said the offence committed by the couple was punishable under Section 258 of the Criminal Code, Cap 30 Vol ll, Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004.

Atama however urged the court not to grant the accused bail, noting that he refused to make a statement while in the police station.

The defence counsel, Mr Linus Ebere, on his part prayed the court to grant the couple bail as the offence was bailable.

Ebere said “The offence is bailable and considering the condition of the second accused, who is pregnant, and his husband, a pastor, I am very sure they will not jump bail, if granted.‘’

The accused persons were consequently granted bail by the magistrate, Mr Kingsley Eze, in the sum of N50,000 each and one surety who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The case was however adjourned till March 30.

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