By Olusegun Hakeem Adebumiti, Akure.
A Magistrate court sitting in Akure on Monday sentenced a 36-year-old woman, Mrs Opeyemi Omoyemi to four and half years in prison.
Omoyemi was recently arrested by the Ondo State Police command for brutalising 12-year-old Joel Sunday who lives with her as a house boy.
She alleged that the boy stole meat from the pot, hence the decision to punish him. She inflicted wounds on the boy through stick and razor blade.
Her action generated condemnation by Nigerians who called for an immediate prosecution of the woman, after watching the video of the boy dripping in blood.
The boy’s health is being managed at the Police clinic in Akure.
Police spokesperson in Ondo State, Funmi Odunlami had assured that the case would be transferred to the criminal investigation department.
The 36-year-old widow, was however arraigned on a five-count charge bothering on attempted murder, child abuse, violence against persons prohibition among others last week Monday.
The defendant pleaded guilty to count one, four and five while she pleaded not guilty to count three.
The Prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Tanimowo said the defendant committed the offence on February 6, 2022 at her residence located at Idimango Adebowale , Ondo road, Akure, the state capital
However, Counsel to the defendant, Mr Gbenga Allen appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender.
In her ruling the Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Edwin said the defendant was guilty of count one, four and five and adjourned for sentencing and trial of count three till February 14.