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After a year-long trial, woman sentenced in Ogun for hiring thugs to beat son’s school principal, teacher

The magistrate directed that the school authority to open a log book for the convict where her daily activities would be recorded for the six months.

For her unruliness and causing a breach of peace at her son’s school, a parent has been convicted by a magistrates’ court in Ogun.

The 40-year-old mother, Biola Joshua, was sentenced by an Ota Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for leading some hooligans to her son’s school to beat up the school Principal and a teacher for punishing her son, Persecondnews.com reports.

She committed the offences on March 11, 2021, at 2.00p.m. at Iju-Ebiye High School also in Ota in contravention of Sections 249(d), 355 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun 2006.

She was promptly apprehended and charged to court on a three-count offences of conspiracy, assault and breach of peace.

Pronouncing his judgment, Magistrate Shotunde Shotayo sentenced Joshua to six months community service.

She is to sweep the school premises for six months for invading her son ‘s school with thugs and assaulting the Principal and a teacher.

The convict is to sweep the school from 8.00a.m. to 11.00a.m. daily in the next six months.

The magistrate directed that the school authority to open a log book for the convict where her daily activities would be recorded for the six months.

She was, however, given an option of N30,000 fine to be given to the principal and the teacher as damages.

“The prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubts and Biola Joshua is therefore found guilty of the charges preferred against her,” the court ruled.

The convict had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges but Police Prosecutor  Cynthia Ejezie insisted that she committed the offences with her son and others still at large on March 11,2021.

Insp. Ejezie said the convict and her accomplices assaulted the school principal and a teacher, causing them bodily harm.

They also conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by invading the school and disrupting its academic activities with some thugs.

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