A pregnant woman, Mrs. Mercy Chintua, has been arrested by the police in Enugu for pouring hot water on her neighbour for engaging in rough acts.
The incident happened on February 23 at Akwuke in Enugu State, where Chintua resides with her husband and where she poured the hot water on the victim, Emmanuel Anyebe. It was gathered that Anyebe was about to take his own bath when Chintua poured the hot water on him.
The victim sustained severe injuries as a result of the incident, and was taken to a hospital.
Mrs Chintua accused Anyebe of peeping at her while she was having her bath.
In her account to the police, she said she took the action to punish Anyebe who saw her nakedness after he allegedly peeped at her in the bathroom.
She said, “On that fateful day, as I was taking my bath, Anyebe peeped on me while trying to gain access into the bathroom, and in the process, saw my nakedness.”
Chintua, who said she was angered at the invasion of her privacy, later heated a pot of water and when it became boiled, she poured the contents on Anyebe.
But she added that she was sorry for the injury, explaining that it was the handiwork of the devil.
Anyebe reportedly lost consciousness as a result of the excruciating pain, and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
On his part, Anyebe also denied peeping on the woman.
He said, “It all happened as I wanted to enter the bathroom to take my bath, only to be stopped by Mrs Chintua, who wanted to take her bath first. I simply left after she rushed into the bathroom to take her bath before I could do same.”
He added that he went to the woman’s husband to complain about the development, after which he went back to the bathroom to have his bath when she had finished having her bath.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, said Mrs Chintua was remorseful and had blamed her action on the devil.
“The suspect is with us and has been helping the police in the investigations into the incident,” he said.