Security Guard Arraigned for Bathing Colleague With Hot Water Over Sachet Water


A 31-year-old security guard, Malaika Simon, who allegedly bathed his colleague with hot water during a fight over sachet water, was on Friday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.

Simon is facing a charge of assault occasioning grievous harm.The accused, however, denied the charge.

But the Prosecutor, Insp. Philip Osijiale insisted that the accused committed the offence on Feb. 28 at about 2.00 a.m. at No. 5, Obafemi Osoba St., Lekki, Lagos.He alleged that the accused poured hot water on his colleague, Mr Ayomide Adegbenro during a fight over a bag of sachet water at their duty post.

“Simon and Adegbenro are both security guards and were on duty when the complainant noticed the bag of sachet water he bought some days ago had missed.

“He asked the accused who admitted that he was the one that used the bag of water without replacing it and a fight ensued.

“About 10 minutes later, the accused poured a kettle of hot water he had been boiling on Adegbenro.

“The complainant is in General Hospital, Marina, Lagos, where he is receiving treatment,” he told the court.

The offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The section prescribes three years imprisonment for offenders.

In his ruling, the Magistrate, Mr Omolaja Kazeem, granted the accused N30,000 bail with one surety in like sum, who must be a family member of the accused.

The case has been adjourned to March 23 for mention.

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