The listening to of the alleged culpable murder case towards Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi, continued at a Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court docket in Abuja on Tuesday.
Amarachi Ezeh, the twin-sister of the late gospel singer, alleged that her Mr Nwachukwu refused to permit their mom to go to her sick sister.
Ezeh, 42, testified for the prosecution within the alleged culpable murder case towards her late sister’s husband, Nwachukwu.
She mentioned: “Pastor Becky Enenche of Dunamis Church, Abuja, intervened earlier than Nwachukwu allowed our mom, Caroline Madu, to go to. He despatched our mom out of his home after two weeks.
“A lady from Delta took our mom in and allowed her to keep in her home for one month. That was the final time our mom visited Osinachi,” she mentioned.
Ms Ezeh alleged that Nwachukwu beat her sister when she was pregnant.
The witness narrated a selected incident the place somebody gave Osinachi N40,000, and on getting dwelling, she mentioned the defendant opened her purse, took the cash, referred to as her a thief, a prostitute and nonetheless beat her up.
The witness, in her testimony corroborated a lot of the allegations earlier given by her mom and sister, Favour, on Monday.
The Information Company of Nigeria ( NAN) stories that their earlier testimonies on Monday alleged that the late singer by no means helped her household as a result of the defendant prevented her from doing so.
Additionally they alleged that the defendant maltreated the deceased.
Throughout cross-examination, the defendant’s counsel, I.A. Aliyu, requested the witness if she ever tried to uncover her sister’s medical situation from the medical doctors.
The witness mentioned she by no means did as a result of the defendant stopped the household from doing so.
The witness shed tears whereas giving her testimony, and at a degree, the defendant, too, broke down in tears.
NAN additionally stories that the prosecution counsel, Aderonke Imana, had earlier within the continuing made three oral functions.
The primary was introduced beneath sections 156 and 158 of the Baby Rights Act.
The appliance prayed the courtroom to rule that individuals apart from the events within the matter, the courtroom officers, correctional service employees and the witness’ guardians, shouldn’t be allowed in courtroom when the witnesses would give their testimonies.
The second utility was premised on Part 160 of the Baby Rights Act and Part 209 of the Proof Act.
The appliance prayed the courtroom to permit the opposite two witnesses, the deceased’s kids, who’re minors, to give unsworn proof.
Underneath sections 1, 2 (1) and 157 of the Baby Rights Act, the ultimate utility urged the courtroom to permit the witnesses to be introduced to the courtroom blindfolded and their faces to be shielded.
Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme requested the defendant’s counsel if he had any objection to the functions.
When Mr Aliyu mentioned he was not objecting to the applying, the courtroom granted the three functions.
Ruling on functions, the trial choose held that the functions have been in the perfect curiosity of a kid, whose curiosity have to be thought-about paramount throughout a continuing by shielding the kid whereas giving testimony.
The courtroom had, on June 3, ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre after he pleaded not responsible to the alleged murder cost filed towards him by the Lawyer-Basic of the Federation.
He’s standing trial on a 23-count cost bordering on home violence and murder instituted towards him.
The defendant is accused of being liable for the demise of the late gospel singer popularly recognized for her track “Ekwueme”.
Nwachukwu was arrested by the police after his spouse Osinachi died on April 8, following widespread allegations by their kids, household and colleagues that he battered her.
Osinachi’s twin sister of the late gospel singer, Osinachi additionally instructed the courtroom her sister’s husband tried many occasions to sow a seed of discord to separate them.
Ms Ezeh, 42, who lives in Enugu, took to the witness field to testify for the prosecution as PW3 within the alleged culpable murder case towards Mr Nwachukwu.
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She mentioned that earlier than her sister’s marriage to the defendant, she was very shut to Osinachi.
‘‘As twins, we had an in depth bond. The defendant’s motion towards me proved that he didn’t need us to have any relationship. Her husband was not comfy at any time when he noticed me with my sister. He vowed to separate us,” she alleged.
When Aderonke Imana, the prosecution counsel, requested the witness to narrate her final encounter with her sister earlier than her demise.
She mentioned, “My sister went by onerous occasions. It was not the ulcer that killed her, and the beatings contributed to her demise. She complained of chest pains and begged me to go to her in Abuja.
“I instructed her she is aware of her husband won’t permit me, and she mentioned I ought to neglect about him and are available.
“Once I arrived on the hospital, my sister hugged me and began crying. After some time, Nwachukwu got here in and requested me what I was doing in his home, and I instructed him I got here to the hospital, not his home”.
Ms Ezeh mentioned that she left the hospital after persistent strain from her sister to go away due to the husband’s harassment.
“He insisted I go away the hospital, so I left with my brother round 11 p.m., ” she added.
The witness additional alleged that Mr Nwachukwu instructed the nurses not to permit her within the ward the following day.
She additionally mentioned that she acquired upset and refused to go away the hospital and that Osinachi, at this level, begged her to do what would make her comfortable by not calling, texting or revisiting her.
“I made a decision to go away, instructed her I cherished her and hugged her for the third time.
“After I left that Friday, I started to really feel unusual.
‘‘I obtained a name that my sister was no extra. Once I referred to as Nwachukwu, he instructed me he had lastly achieved what he meant to do. He mentioned your sister is coming again lifeless,” she mentioned.
Throughout the cross-examination, I. A Aliyu, the defence counsel, requested the witness if the rationale the defendant despatched her away from the hospital was that the deceased wanted to relaxation, in accordance to her witness assertion.
The prosecution counsel, at this level, objected to the query and said that the witness assertion was not earlier than the courtroom; subsequently, Aliyu couldn’t ask such a query.
Mr Aliyu, on his half, insisted that the doc have to be introduced earlier than the courtroom to allow him to proceed with the query.
Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme dominated and aligned with Mr Aliyu’s submission and stepped down the matter for 20 minutes for the doc to be introduced in.
After the doc was introduced in, Mr Aliyu sought to tender it, and Mr Imana objected, claiming that the doc was not his. Subsequently, he couldn’t tender it.
The choose once more dominated in his favour, and the doc was tendered.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the choose made three oral functions earlier within the continuing.
The primary one was introduced beneath the availability of sections 156 and 158 of the Baby Rights Act.
The appliance sought that individuals apart from the events within the matter, the courtroom officers, correctional employees and the witness’ guardians, shouldn’t be allowed within the courtroom when the witnesses would give their testimonies.
The second utility Mr Imana introduced was premised on part 160 of the Baby Rights Act and part 209 of the Proof Act.
She mentioned the applying prayed the courtroom to permit the opposite two witnesses, the deceased kids who’re minors, to give unsworn proof.
The ultimate utility introduced beneath sections 1, 2 (1), and 157 of the Baby Rights Act urged the courtroom to permit the witnesses to be introduced to the courtroom blindfolded and for his or her faces to be shielded.
The choose had then requested the defendant’s counsel if he had any objection to the functions. When Mr Aliyu mentioned he was not objecting to the applying, the courtroom granted the three functions.
The choose held that the functions have been within the little one’s greatest curiosity, which is paramount and have to be thought-about throughout a continuing little one to be shielded whereas giving testimony.
The choose adjourned the case till July 15.
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