Domestic Violence: Wife Beaten with a Cutlass and Blinded by Her Husband Over Their Housemaid (Photo)

The victim blinded by husband 

A man identified simply as Samuel, who resides at Unity Christian Street, Akesan, in the Igando area of Lagos State, has allegedly brutalised his 32-year-old wife, Precious, who has now lost the use of one of her eyes.

According to a shocking report by Punch Metro, while still struggling to raise N180,000, needed for a surgery to repair the damaged eye, the woman was again allegedly beaten with a cutlass by the husband, who accused her of sharing their family problem with a neighbour.

The victim who is an Akwa Ibom State indigene and a mother of four children, got married to the suspect when she was barely 14 years old, told a correspondent that she had endured 18 years of domestic violence, adding that she was fed up with the marriage and wanted a divorce.

She said, “Sometime last year, my housemaid told me that my husband beat her up. I went to ask him why he did that, knowing that if anything happened to the girl, I would be held responsible. When my husband heard that, he left what he was doing and started chasing me. That was around 10pm. I ran out of the house. “When I fell, he stamped on my eye and everything went dark.

I visited the Lagos Island General Hospital for treatment, but they said I would need to undergo a corrective surgery which would cost N180,000.”

Precious who earned N700 per day at a restaurant where she assisted a cook, said she had not been able to raise the money since then, adding that sometime in March 2017, their landlord issued them a notice to quit after their rent expired in December 2016.

The victim who claimed to be responsible for payment of rents of their two-bedroomed flat, said the landlord later gave them a letter inviting them for a meeting with his lawyer.

She said, “I went to see a neighbour, called Alhaja, and asked her to counsel me on how to go about the issue. When my husband returned from church that evening, he ordered me not to enter the house. “I then sat on a bench outside. Suddenly, he brought out a cutlass and started beating me with it. People in the neighbourhood begged him, but he refused. He used the cutlass to injure me in the hand. I also fell and injured my leg.”

Precious said she was ready to separate from Samuel over fear that she could be killed, saying she was an orphan.

“I got married to him when I was only 14 because my mum didn’t want me to get into prostitution like other girls in the village. As of then, I didn’t even know how to talk to men,” she added.
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