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Husband gets 5-year jail term for biting off wife's lover's ear in Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
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A middle aged man, Olaniyan Isaiah has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for biting off his neighbour's ear over suspicion of having an illicit affair with his wife.

Olaniyan, who was arraigned before Justice Raheem Siyanbola of Osun State High Court on the 10th of October, 2016 faced three count charge of attempt murder, grievous harm and unlawful injury.

The offence, according to the prosecution, was contrary to and punishable under sections 320(1), 335, and 338(1), of the criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

The prosecution Counsel from Ministry of Justice, Barrister Bamidele Salawu, had earlier informed the court that the convict committed the crime on 27th of July, 2015, at No1 Bolaji Olufunmi Street, Ipetumodu, Osun State.

According to the prosecution, the convict forced his way into a room rented by one Alonge Emmanuel (the victim), assaulted him with an iron rod, on suspicion of probably, having an illicit affair with his wife, Esther Egunyemi, who packed out of the convict's room since 23rd July, 2015.

Olaniyan was also said to have pursed the victim to another house, where he bit off his ear.

Justice Siyanbola in his judgement, ruled that prosecution counsel had proofed his case beyond reasonable doubt and thereby convicted Isaiah.

Counsel to the convict, Barrister Lawal Olatunji, however prayed the court to be lenient in sentencing her client.

The judge, however sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment with hard labour.