Monday, 16 January 2017
Man kills friend over N500 dog meat in Lagos
PUNCH Metro learnt that Hycenth and 26-year-old Ozoemelem had engaged in fisticuffs over a N500 dog meat bought by a resident.
Hycenth was subsequently arrested by policemen from the FESTAC division before the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
The suspect who worked as a welder said
on December 30, 2016, when the incident happened, he was revelling with his friends when a man bought the dog meat for them.
He said, “The man that bought the meat for us is like a big brother .
We started sharing it in the order of seniority.
The meat had gone round and it remained two pieces for me and the deceased.
He suddenly picked the two and ate them. He then dropped the plate.
“I challenged him for eating the meat and he said the man that bought it didn’t say I must also eat from it.
I told him if he needed to eat meat that badly he should have gone back to his village and that was how the fight started.”
He explained that after some minutes of wrestle, they were separated.
Hycenth said a few minutes afterwards, the victim began groaning with pain and complained of chest pains, adding that he was among those that rushed him to a hospital in the area.
Hycenth denied responsibility for the death of his friend.
“I didn’t punch him or use any object to hit him.
It was just a normal fight and he was on top of me when we were separated.
He told me he did not smoke because he had a chest pain that had been disturbing him for some time. I didn’t kill him,” he added.
Hycenth was on Thursday arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court on one count of murder.
The Magistrate, Mrs. M.O. Olajuwon, after perusing the case file, said the charge brought by the police was wrong.
She said, “Both of them were fighting when one of them fell and died. So, it is not murder, but manslaughter. I am going to grant him bail pending the release of legal advice.”
She subsequently gave the suspect bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
Olajuwon adjourned the matter to February 6, 2017, for legal advice.
500k bail?. For someone that fought over #500 DOGmeat?. Eyaaaah.