The Chief Magistrate Court I, in Yola the Adamawa State capital, has convicted 27-year old Mrs Sarah Freeman David of the Nigerian Army Barracks, Yola after she was found guilty of burning 11 year old girl with a hot iron pot. Mrs Freeman David, who is a wife to a military officer is pregnant and she is expected to put to bed anytime soon, was convicted and sentenced to six months behind bars for burning an 11 year old girl, Esther Imoita, with hot iron pot. With the development, Sarah Freeman, is expected to celebrate this year’s Christmas in Correctional Centre in Yola for child abuse and causing grievous hurt which violated sections 209 and 218 of penal code law.
The convict was said to have used hot iron pot and burnt the girl on her back and right hand as a result of which she sustained serious injuries. Sources stated that the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), on hearing about the incident immediately reported the case at the Karewa Police Station on October 27, 2021 for necessary investigation.
The NHRC that took the girl to the police station accused the woman of using hot iron pot on Esther Imoita, as a result of which she sustained various degree of injuries. The Human Rights Commission equally informed the police that report gathered from the neighbours have it that the woman had been maltreating the child who was staying with her, and sought for the intervention of the police. Consequently, the complaint by the commission compelled the police to arrest the woman and charged her to court on November 4, 2021, for the alleged offence where she pleaded guilty. However, at the police station, New Telegraph learnt that the unguided behaviour of the woman irked the police to immediately charge her to court. In view of her plea at the court, the court decided to adjourned the case to December 14, 2021 for trial as earlier prayed by the prosecutor, Sargent Gelleon Nimrod. As the court resumed sitting on Tuesday, the woman maintained her guilty plea and pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy when Sgt Gellion applied that the suspect be tried summarily.