Nigeria: Man docked over attempt to murder sister

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Lagos—  A 43-year-old security man, Matthew Erazele, was yesterday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate Court, over attempted murder, of his sister, Esther Erazele.

Erazele, who was docked before Magistrate Margaret Dan-Oni, is facing a count charge of attempted murder preferred against him by the police.

It was said that the defendant had accused Esther, who resides in the same house with him,of bewitching him whenever he planned to get married.

Esther Erazele after the act

It was said that he used to see her in his dream, whenever he is with a woman that he wanted to get married to and she used to prevent him from getting married, which prompted him to hit her with a hammer on the head and also twisted her neck.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Edet Okoi, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged crime on August 3, 2013, at about 8 pm,at 29, Ifekoya Street in Agege area of Lagos State.

He said that  the defendant, while inside the room with his sister used hammer to hit her head severally.

Okoi said the defendant also twisted the victim’s neck, in order to strangle her.

However, when the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Dan-Oni granted him bail in the sum of N200,000 with two responsible sureties, who are gainfully employed, resident in Lagos State. One of the sureties must be a clergy man while one must reside in his property and show evidence of tax payment and address verified.

She adjourned the case to October 2, 2013, for mention and ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri prison, pending when he is able to perfect his bail conditions.

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