A man, Okechukwu Onubogu, and his wife, Gloria, who allegedly raped and assaulted their 10-year-old housekeeper, were on Wednesday docked at a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused – Mr. Onubogu, 54 and Gloria, 45 — pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge bordering on defilement, assault, inhuman treatment, indecent treatment, and unlawful sexual intercourse brought against them.
The couple, who reside at No. 119, Lawanson Road, Itire, Lagos, were, however, released on a N400,000 bail.
The police prosecutor, Anthonia Osayande, said Mr. Onubogu committed the offence of rape sometime in April in the night, while his wife committed the offence of inhuman treatment of the housemaid between April and Sept. 2 at No. 119, Lawanson Road, Itire.
Mr. Osayande alleged that the husband had sexual intercourse with the 10-year-old housekeeper and also caused her bodily harm.
“The woman on her own part had beaten the girl, causing her grievous harm and also failed to supply her the basic necessities of life.
“She started maltreating her since she got to know that her husband had defiled her,” she told the court.
The offences contravened Sections 137, 173, 245, 247 and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, A. Ipaye-Nwachukwu, however, granted the man bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum. She also granted the wife N200,000 bail on self-recognition since she is nursing a seven-month-old baby.
Mrs. Ipaye-Nwachukwu said one of the surety must be a community leader or a cleric in Lagos, while the other must be a civil servant on Grade Level 14.
In addition, the sureties should provide evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government.
The magistrate ordered that the 10-year-old girl should be taken to the hospital for treatment and thereafter remanded at Correctional Centre for Girls, Idi-Araba, Lagos, pending her reunion with her family members.
The court adjourned the case until November 11 pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions.