Three tenants who allegedly assaulted their co-tenant, one Paul Simon, were on Tuesday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The accused, Emmanuel Adeyemi, 24; Omotayo Abiodun, 21; and Gloria Lawrence, 32, reside at No. 14, Akinola St., Aguda, Ogba, Lagos State, are facing two-count of conspiracy and assault.
The accused conspired and beat the complainant, tore his clothes and stripped him naked.
The accused also attempted to set the complainant ablaze.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Babaji Ishaku, told the court that the accused committed the offences at their residence on November 29 at about 3.30 a.m.
He said, “The complainant claimed that while he was doing his early morning prayers in the compound, the accused suddenly gathered around him and started abusing him.
“They rained curses on him and before he could explain himself, they beat and injured him.
“The accused claimed that the complainant was a ritualist who usually come out in the early hours of the morning wearing red garment.
“The accused, who wanted to set the complainant ablaze, were stopped by the prompt arrival of policemen.”
The offences contravened Sections 170 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 170 prescribes a three-year jail term for offenders.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mr J.A. Adegun, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 each with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the case till December 17 for mention.