A pregnant woman, who was arrested by the police in Enugu, after pouring hot water on a neighbour, who allegedly peeped on her while she was having her bath, has said the devil pushed her into taking the drastic action.
The woman, Mrs. Mercy Chintua, who resides with her husband at Akwuke, Awkunanaw in Enugu State, was arrested after she poured hot water on the victim, one Emmanuel Anyebe, on February 23.
It was gathered that Anyebe was about to take his own bath when Chintua splashed the hot water on him.
The victim sustained severe injuries as a result of the incident and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.
In her account to the police, Chintua said she took the action in retaliation after Anyebe saw her unclothedness after peeping on her in the bathroom.
According to her, earlier on that fateful day, as she was taking her bath, Anyebe spied on her while trying to gain access to the bathroom, and in the process, saw her unclothedness.
Chintua, who said she was angered at the invasion of her privacy, thereafter grabbed a pot of already boiled hot water and poured the contents on Anyebe.
Anyebe reportedly lost consciousness as a result of the excruciating pain, and was rushed to a nearly hospital for treatment.
But Anyebe has denied peeping on the woman.
According to him, he wanted to enter the bathroom to take his bath, only to be stopped by Chintua, who insisted on taking her bath first.
Anyebe said he simply left after Chintua quickly went into the bathroom to take her bath before he could do same.
He added that he went to the woman’s husband to complain about the development, after which he proceeded to go back to the bathroom to have his bath, when Chintua had finished taking her bath.
It was while Anyebe was taking his bath that Chintua poured the hot water on him.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, who disclosed the development in a statement, said Chintua has blamed her action on the devil, even as she is helping the police in their investigations.