By Joshua Olalekan, Abuja
The police have charged a Lagos based tailor, Samson Onome, with attempted murder for allegedly chopping off a man’s right hand with a cutlass during a scuffle.
Onome, 34, of Celestial Area, Ilasan Housing Estate, Eti-Osa, Lagos, was arraigned yesday by the Ilasan Police Station, Lekki, before Mr. B. A. Shonuga of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
He is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on attempted murder and infliction of grievous bodily harm contrary to Sections 228(2) and 243 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
According to the charge marked Q/04/2017, at about 8pm on January 11, Onome tried to kill one Wale Badejo, alias ‘Carry Go’ ‘by using a cutlass to cut off his right hand wrist’ and inflicting injuries on his head and left arm.
The incidence occurred inside Onome’s room, said a neighbour, who had been playing a game of lotto in a shop nearby, told Onome that ‘Carry Go’, was destroying things in the shop.
“Onome accompanied the neighbour to the place where they met Carry Go threatening everyone. He said Carry Go punched him and pushed him to the ground, trying to lure him into a fight. He then ran into his room and locked himself in but Carry Go came after him with a broken bottle in both hands.
“According to him, Carry Go kicked down his door and charged at him with the bottles. Onome said he picked up a cutlass and cut off Carry Go’s right hand from from the wrist when he tried to stab him with the bottles. He said some boys in the area collected the cutlass from him and beat him up.
“The victim was rushed to General Hospital, Marina for treatment but his severed hand could not be attached.”
However, the defendant denied the charge and his counsel, Stephen Opowara, applied that he be admitted to bail.
Objecting, prosecuting Corporal Friday Mameh asked that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.
“The charge against the defendant is attempted murder where the defendant matcheted the victim all over the body and completely cut off his hand with intent to kill him. The victim is lying critically ill on admission in hospital in an unpredictable condition. The punishment on conviction is life imprisonment.”
Ruling, Magistrate Shonuga upheld the prosecutor’s argument.
He said: “In view of the degree of injury inflicted on the victim who is lying critically ill in the hospital, the defendant is hereby remanded in prison custody and the prosecution is ordered to forward the duplicate case file to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice.”
The case was adjourned till February 6.