Mrs Uzoma Austin has been arraigned before an Ogudu magistrate’s court in Lagos for allegedly setting her 12-year-old foster child ablaze.
Mrs Uzoma pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of injuring by explosive substance and causing grievous harm.
The investigating officer, Seargent Lucky Ihiehie, had earlier told the court that the woman set the little girl ablaze on June 8, at her residence, for stealing N1,000 and the prosecutor explained that that the offence contravened Sections 242 and 243 of the Lagos State Criminal Code Law, 2011, which stipulates 14 and seven years imprisonment, respectively, for convicted offenders.
The suspect was granted bail by the presiding judge, Mrs Sule Amzat, in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties, one of whom must be a family member and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, had taken up the case after the Ketu Police Station Family Support Unit informed them of the incident.
The Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, revealed that they rescued the child and took her to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.
According to her, “The girl was first taken for first aid at LASUTH, but now she is receiving treatment at the Gbagada General Hospital”
She further assured that an arrangement for where the victim will live after treatment would be taken care of and urged the people to report such unpleasant incidents around them.