If you are a mother and you are fond of abusing your child, both physically and emotionally, the law is coming for you. 

Vivian Onyekachukwu could not believe it when a court handed her punishment for assaulting her own daughter.

She regularly assaulted the 8-year-old and was found guilty by an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Monday.

The court then sentenced the 38-year-old petty trader, to two weeks community service.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, sentenced Onyekachukwu, after she pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful assault.

The court held that the convict should spend two hours every day for the next two weeks doing community service.

According to Sule-Amzat, the sentence will serve as a deterrent to others, who are fond of abusing their children both physically and emotionally.

She advised the convict to change her behaviour and desist from committing crime.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence, on January 30, at 9.30 p.m. at her residence, No. 12, Sobowale St., Cole bus stop, Mosalasi, Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos.

Emuerhi said that neighbours who heard the cries of the defendant’s daughter, one Chimaza Onyekachukwu, later reported the case to the police at Alakuko division and it was later transferred to the gender section.

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It was alleged that the defendant usually assaulted her children by beating them which had always resulted in bodily injuries.

“The defendant beat her 8-year-old daughter with a stick causing her to sustain grievous bodily harm on the right-hand side of her hand.”

Emuerhi said the offence contravened Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defendant, who was crying profusely in court, however, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying she committed the crime out of ignorance and anger. 

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