The police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arraigned a butcher, Gbenga Yemi, 38, in an Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court for assaulting a recharge card vendor.
Yemi of Dape village, Abuja, is standing trial on a two-count charge of criminal force and assault before Senior Magistrate Abdullateef Abolaji.
The prosecutor, Inspector Bitrus Audu, said the matter was reported at the Life Camp Police Station by Miss Happiness Julius of Karmo village, Abuja, on March 19, 2014.
Audu said the complainant told the accused person to pay her for the recharge cards he owed her resulting in an argument and the accused pushed her to the ground.
The prosecutor said Julius sustained severe injuries on her head and face and was taken to the hospital where she received treatment.
Audu said the offence contravened the provision of Section 397 of the Penal Code which could attract two years in prison or option of fine.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
The Senior Magistrate admitted the accused to bail for N10,000 and two sureties and ordered that the sureties must have reasonable means of livelihood and reside within the court’ jurisdiction.
He also ordered that the sureties must deposit their driver’s licence or National ID Card to the court registry and adjourned the case until April 2 for further hearing.