Man beats female neighbor with belt over vehicle parking dispute

The police in Lagos on Friday arraigned a 56-year-old man, Toyin Adekunle, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating up his neighbour and damaging her phone.

The defendant, a driver, who resides at 3, Abore St., Baruwa, Lagos, is being tried for assault, grievous harm and damages. The prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the offences were committed on December 4, 2023, at the defendant’s residence.

Akeem said that a fight ensued between the defendant and his neighbour, Madam Anuoluwapo Dosumu, over parking of vehicles. The prosecutor said the defendant beat up the complainant with a belt and caused grievous harm on her body.

Akeem added that the defendant damaged her Tecno phone valued at ₦50,000. The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 172, 173 and 350 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Bola Osunsanmi, granted the defendant bail of ₦100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi adjourned the case until March 25 for mention.

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