Crowd of onlookers gathered Monday at the premises of the Enugu Magistrates Court where a couple, Jude Ozougwu and his wife Ifeoma were being tried for allegedly drilling a six-inch nail into the skull of their 10-year old maid, Nneoma Nnadi.
They were also accused of administering hot electric iron and pepper in different body parts of the maid’s body.
The couple, who were arraigned in the Magistrate court for causing grievous harm on the little girl. They were sent to prison on remand for one month in a correctional facility by Chief Magistrate, Joseph I. Agu, who rejected their bail application and adjourned further hearing till August 10, pending legal advice.
The police had charged the Ozougwus with unlawful attempt to kill, harm and engaging the little girl in hazardous, injurious and exploitative work against her physical and socio-psychological development.
The crime was committed between January and July 2020 at No. 3, Akonameze Street, Thinkers Corner, Enugu.
The Magistrate refused to admit the defendants to bail, saying-“In exercise of my discretion, the offence is grievous going by count one and count three of the charges. Even as the girl is still hospitalized as with the overwhelming public outcry, I reject the application for bail.
“I hereby remand the couple in Nsukka Correctional Facility pending further advice by the state’s Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).”