Court rejects Osinachi Nwachukwu’s husband’s plea to dismiss charges

Osinachi Nwachukwu and husband Peter Nwachukwu

A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Tuesday rejected the no-case submission application filed by Peter Nwachukwu, husband of the late gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu.

The musician died on April 8, 2022, amid allegations of maltreatment and domestic violence by her husband.

Following his arraignment, Mr Nwachukwu pleaded not guilty to 23 counts bordering on domestic violence and homicide, among others.

Nwachukwu’s lawyer, A. Aliyu, had filed a no-case submission, stating that the evidence of medical practitioners presented by the prosecution completely exonerated his client from the charge of culpable homicide.

He argued that the medical practitioners testified that the deceased did not suffer any form of violence resulting in her death.

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Aliyu added that the report confirmed his client’s wife died as a result of outgrowth tumours, which resulted in cardiac tamponade, the primary cause of death, and abnormal growth of tissue (cancer), which is the secondary cause of death.

The lawyer accused Nwachukwu’s in-laws of trying to frame him up, insisting the autopsy shows there was no mark of violence on the deceased at the time the autopsy was conducted.

But Justice Nwosu Iheme ruled that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the defendant and ordered him to enter his defence.

The judge adjourned the matter till November 22 and 23 for defence.