Drowned Child: Court to hear outcome of psychiatric evaluation of killer mother

Drowned Child: Court to hear outcome of  psychiatric evaluation of killer mother

An Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos will on July 17 hear the outcome of a psychiatric evaluation of a woman, Oluwafunmilola Adisa, 22, charged with drowning her one and a half-year-old daughter. The defendant was on May 27 arraigned by the police on a count charge of murder.

The Prosecutor, DSP. Yetunde Cardoso, had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on May 11 at about 8:20 p.m. at Plot 222, 21/211 Road, Gowon Estate in Iyana Ipaja, near Lagos.

Cardoso said the defendant unlawfully killed her child, Oluwanifemi Adisa, by drowning her inside a bucket of water. The offence contravened Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which provides death as punishment for murder.

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The defendant’s plea was, however, not taken.

The Magistrate, Mrs. K. O. Doja-Ojo, however, remanded Adisa at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Psychiatric Department for psychiatric evaluation.

Adisa’s remand followed after the Director, Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State, Dr. Babajide Martins, had urged the court to remand the defendant in a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

At the resumed hearing on Friday, the Office of Public Defender (OPD), informed the court that the psychiatric evaluation had not been concluded. The OPD official said that the psychiatric hospital asked for more time to enable them to conclude the evaluation.

The magistrate, however, granted the application and adjourned the case until July 17 for the outcome of the psychiatric evaluation

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Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.

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