Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin yesterday sentenced a 35-year-old woman, Mrs Oduwa Egbenayabuwa to two years imprisonment for allegedly assaulting police officers while performing their lawful duties.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. RacheaI Ogbevoen who convicted the accused person, after finding her guilty of a two-count charge of related assault, however, gave her an option of N30,000 fine.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Inspector Patrick Agbonifo said the offence was committed on October 31, 2015, with the accused person, Egbenayabuwa assaulting Inspector Isaikpere Alfred by giving him a slap on his back while he was performing his lawful duty.
He said that the accused person also gripped F/No 502635 P/C Wose Azubike uniform and tore it while he was also on his lawful duty.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 356(2) of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11 laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 now applicable in Edo.
Earlier, the accused person appealed to the court for leniency, adding that it was her first appearance in court.