One Salau Kehinde, a 40-year-old trader, who was on Thursday dragged to a customary court sitting in Ikorodu by his wife, has denied planning to pour hot water on her.
His wife, Mrs. Salau Shakirat Olaide, seeking for dissolution of their marriage, had alleged in court that her husband beats her a lot, especially over sex and had threatened to pour hot water on her.
The accused who resides at 9, Fatai Oloko Street, Haruna, Ikorodu admitted to beating his wife up whenever she denied him of sex and if she came home late from her trading business, but that he merely boiled the water so he could threaten her with it.
“It is true I beat her but I had no intention of bathing her in the hot water,” he told the court.
“She refused to cook for me when she was pregnant. She also said I should look for another wife.”
Reports say they have been married for 10 years and have two children together but had been living separately for over two years now.
The wife, Olaide, 32, who resides at 1, Azeez Aremu Close, Ibeshe, Ikorodu, in her complaints said, “He lacks respect for my family. He always refused to give me money and this made us quarrel and fight a lot.
“I had to leave him when he kept threatening to pour hot water on me.
“His friend advised him to beat me up and he became fond of beating me. He would beat me whenever I returned from work, he would beat me when I told him I was too tired to have sex, or over any flimsy excuse according to him,” she added.
When the court president, Olu Adebiyi, asked her what she wanted, Olaide replied: “I want this court to dissolve our marriage and grant me custody of our children.”
Kehinde, however, promised to stop beating or threatening her and said he was willing to take her back if she wants to stay with him.
The court adjourned the case till September 13, for possible reconciliation.