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An Egor trial court in Benin on Monday sentenced her husband and wife to three months in prison each for assaulting their daughter and mother; Mrs. Hope Ughabugo and Mrs. Tina Omogbai.

The magistrate, Ms. Florence Aghedo, sentenced the defendants on Monday, Johnson, 44, and Patience Johnson, 36, after they were convicted of one count of assault on two of those filed against them.

Aghedo, however, gave the convicts a fine option of N5,000 each.

It also ordered the defendants to pay N10,000 to the plaintiff, Ughabugo as compensation.

However, the magistrate dismissed the conspiracy charge filed against the defendants, adding that there were no traces of the conspiracy, since they were husband and wife.

Previously, the police prosecutor, Sgt. Daniel Ifidon told the court that the defendants committed the crime on August 20, 2019 in Benin Technical Road, Benin in the Egor magisterial district.

According to the prosecutor, on that date, Patience illegally assaulted the applicant, Ughabugo, hitting her stomach with the fist.

“Ughabugo and his mother, Mrs. Omogbai, had gotten into a Keke taxi at the Benin technical crossing, when Patience tried hard to get Ughabugo out of Keke.

“When Patience’s husband Johnson noticed the action of his wife and another woman, he parked his car, without asking questions, joined his wife and assaulted Ughabugo’s mother by slapping her in the face.”

“Mr. Johnson then took his wife away in his car. It was from the licensing office that they tracked him to his workplace at the Benin Psychiatric Hospital, where he was arrested. ” The prosecutor said

The prosecutor said that the crime violated the provision of sections 516 and 351 of the Penal Code Cap. 48 vol. 11, Laws of the late Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.

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