Chukwuemeka Okoro (27), a resident of Festac Town, Lagos, is standing trial on a charge of assault.

He appeared before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Thursday.

Okoro reportedly assaulted a female co-tenant, Joy Fano, by beating her to a pulp on March 15 at his residence.

The assault followed an argument between the accused and the complainant.

“The accused claimed that Fano was rude to him.

“Efforts by their neighbours to settle the dispute were unsuccessful as the accused continued to beat her,” Police prosecutor, Inspector Tony Elibeh, told the court.

The offence contravenes Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). Section 171 prescribes a three-year jail term for assault occasioning harm.

The accused entered a 'not-guilty' plea.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Titus Abolarinwa, in his ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of 50, 000 Naira with one surety in like sum.

Abolarinwa said the surety must be gainfully employed and should also provide evidence of two-year tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case until April 26 further hearing.