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Defendant sat deceased on container edge filled with hot water – Witness



A prosecution witness, Insp. David Abu, told a High Court in Lagos that a former cleaner of a nursery school, Rukayat Amisu, negligently sat a three-year-old on the edge of a container filled with hot water while feeding her.

Testifying, during cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel, R.A. Babatunde, Abu, alleged that the defendant was not happy when the proprietor asked her to feed the child.

The witness also said the defendant made no attempt to rescue the child when she fell inside the container containing the hot water.

However, the witness did not give any definite answer when asked if the defendant was aware that container was filled with hot water, since she was a cleaner and not one of the kitchen attendants.

After listening to the testimony, Justice Adedayo Akintoye, adjourned the case untill March 10 for continuation of trial.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Amisu, was on March 4, 2019 charged with manslaughter.

She pleaded not guilty and was remanded in prison.

Earlier, the Lagos State Prosecution counsel, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on Oct. 21, 2015, at 10am at Olab Private School, at No. 11, Idowu St., Lagos Island.

He said that the defendant unlawfully killed one three-year-old Aliyah Ahmed by negligently allowing her to be burnt by hot water.

He said the defendant negligently sat the little girl on top of a container containing hot water, while feeding her.

He said the girl fell inside the hot water.

According to him, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 227 of the Criminal Law Lagos State, 2011.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Sadiya Hamza

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