An alleged wife killer, Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late popular gospel singer, Osinachi, who was arraigned in court on Friday in Abuja, has been sent back to prison after his plea was taken.
Nwachukwu, who is facing a 23-count charge bordering on domestic violence and culpable homicide among others, had pleaded innocence of the offences.
Culpable homicide attracts death penalty on conviction.
He is to continue to cool his heels at the Kuje Correctional Facility, Abuja, pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed against him by the Attorney General of the Federation, a Wise Federal High Court ruled.
Persecondnews reports that Justice N.K. Nwosu-Iheme ordered that the accused to be remanded and be brought to trial on June 16 and June 17, 2022.
“The business for today is for arraignment, accelerated hearing is hereby ordered.
“Defendant should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Facility pending the hearing and determination of this suit,” Nwosu-Iheme said.
Persecondnews recalls that Osinachi death on April 8, 2022 as a result of domestic violence had sparked a national outrage.
Nwachukwu was immediately apprehended by the Police and has since been in detention.
The offences contravened Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015; Section 221 of the Penal Code; and the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act 2015.
Some of the counts (such as one-year jail term or fine (VAPP Act), among others.
The charges read: “That you, Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on the 8th of April, 2022, at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to wit: culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence of your acts.
“Statement of offence: Emotional, verbal and psychological abuse contrary to Section 14(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
“Particular of offence: That you, Peter Nwachukwu, male, sometime between 14th November 2009 and April 2022 at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to wit: emotional, verbal and psychological abuse on Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu (deceased) by humiliating her and making utterances like ‘you are smelling,’ ‘you are mad,’ to her in the presence of her music crew members.”