…As Court pushes Lesotho leader’s wife murder trial to March***
A 60-year-old woman, Olushola Adebanjo, who allegedly used a hot pressing iron to burn her nine-year-old househelp, on Tuesday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Adebanjo, who resides at No. 51, William Awoderin Crescent, Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos, is charged with assault and reckless manner.
She pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecution counsel, Insp. Christopher John, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 9, at her residence.
John alleged that Adebanjo used a hot pressing iron on the girl for failing to do her chores,
He alleged that Adebanjo abuses the minor whenever she does something wrong in the house.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 173 and 252 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Chief Magistrate P.E. Nwaka admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
Nwaka adjourned the case untill March 4, for mention.
In the meantime, the murder trial of the wife of Lesotho’s prime minister, accused of murdering his previous wife, is set to start in March, a court official said on Tuesday.
Maesaiah Thabane was detained and charged earlier this month for the murder of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife Lipolelo, who was shot dead near her home in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, on June 14, 2017.
Maesaiah Thabane, who denies the charges and is on bail, appeared in court briefly on Tuesday.
The magistrate court set March 17 as the date for the start of the trial, a spokeswoman for the court Mampota Phakoe said.
Lesotho police allege Thabane hired eight assassins to kill Lipolelo and was not actually present at the shooting herself.
Thomas Thabane took office two days after the killing, then married Maesaiah two months later.
The case has stunned citizens of Lesotho, an independent kingdom lying in the middle of a South African mountain range.