High Court Rejects ‘No-Case’ Plea: Trial of Late Gospel Singer’s Husband Advances Amidst Domestic Violence Allegations
In a significant legal development, the Federal Capital Territory High Court has rejected a no-case submission filed by Peter Nwachukwu, the spouse of the late gospel singer, Osinachi. Nwachukwu’s legal representative, A. Aliyu, had lodged this submission, contending that the testimony of medical practitioners presented by the prosecution entirely absolved his client of culpable homicide charges.
Aliyu underscored that the medical experts affirmed that the deceased did not exhibit any signs of violence leading to her tragic demise. Their reports indicated that Nwachukwu’s wife succumbed to the complications arising from outgrowth tumors, notably cardiac tamponade as the primary cause of death, and an abnormal growth of tissue, which was cancer, as the secondary cause.
In a stark allegation, the lawyer accused Nwachukwu’s in-laws of attempting to frame him, emphasizing that the autopsy findings did not reveal any evidence of violence upon examination.
During the recent courtroom proceedings on Tuesday, Justice Nwosu-Iheme ruled that the prosecution had successfully established a prima facie case against the defendant, compelling him to prepare his defense. The judge, however, scheduled the continuation of the trial for November 22 and 23.
It is pertinent to note that Osinachi tragically passed away on April 8, 2022, amid allegations of maltreatment and domestic violence attributed to her husband. Subsequently, her husband was apprehended and is presently undergoing prosecution under the purview of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation. Nwachukwu has entered a plea of not guilty to the 23 charges, which encompass domestic violence and homicide, among others. This case continues to capture public attention and is set to unfold further in the coming months.