A 31-year-old businesswoman, Nneka Nwachukwu of Dape Village, Abuja, told a Wuse Zone 2 High Court, Abuja, that she poured acid on Peter Nwogu, because he raped her.
Nwachukwu, led in evidence her Counsel, Moneka Azubike, told the court on Tuesday that Nwogu, the defendant came to her house and forced her to sleep with him.
The defendant was first arraigned on April 11, 2014 by the police for the offence of culpable homicide contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code.
She said that on Dec. 1, 2013, she went to her town meeting at Wuse and came back around 10 p.m.
“When I came back, I warmed my food which I came back with, then I went to see my landlord Ikechukwu Obi to pay my house rent.
“I came back to my room and saw Peter Nwogu who is my church member in my room.
He told me that he travelled but couldn’t reach home because it was late.
“I welcomed him as a church member, he then asked me if I have food, I gave him the food I warmed and I went to take my bath.’’
The defendent said when she came back from the bathroom, she saw the deceased with only his boxer and he made love advances to her.
“I tried to stop him, but he did not stop, we argued and in the process he forced me to sleep with him. I was shouting but nobody heard me.
“I bite him, he bite me too, he was so strong that I had to pour him acid that was in my room and I ran out to my landlord’s room.’’
She added that she explained to her landlord what happened and he followed her to her room and saw the deceased who asked for help.
“The deceased asked my landlord to give him water, my landlord took his clothes in my room and gave him and I went to church to tell my parish priest what happened.
“I did not know that the acid I poured on him will lead to his death.
“I kept the acid in my room becasue I have been a victim of rape and there have been complains of breakings in my area.
“On Dec. 2, I went to Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, to report the matter but I was told that the matter has been reported as the deceased was already death.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Patrick Ogele, cross examined the defendent.
Justice Mamman Kolo adjourned the matter till July 1 for continuation of defence. (NAN)