EMBATTLED former Nigerian wrestler, John Uti also known as “Power Uti” is now languishing in prison custody while awaiting legal advice from the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.
At the resumed hearing in the case Wednesday, November 15, Uti was not produced in court by prison authorities. His bail conditions had not been fulfilled because his relations did not come for him.
Uti is alleged to have beaten Toyin Uti, his wife, to death, and abandoned her body at their residence, 17, Oremeji Street, Ilupeju, Lagos, on October 10, 2017.
Uti, who reigned in wrestling world in the 80s to 90s, is facing a two-count charge of murder and negligence.
The magistrate granted a N500,000 bail and sent Uti’s case file to the director of public prosecution for legal advice.
Endurance Nkenchor, lawyer to Uti, said that his client didn’t beat anybody.
“Just that when the wife was sick the in-laws alleged that he rushed the wife to the church instead of hospital.
“They also alleged that when she finally died he took the corpse to the hospital and doctors confirm the wife dead, instead of depositing the corpse in the mortuary, the in-laws alleged that he took the corpse back home and then to a church and started praying to revive the corpse.
“He was also given a miracle mantle and since he didn’t have money, he took it home and the corpse was in that state for more than 24 hours in which the corpse got swollen, that is why they alleged that he didn’t treat the corpse decently,” Nkenchor.
– Nov 15, 2017 @ 15:46 GMT |