Hotelier bites off employee’s ear over salary

ChinwenduA Magistrates’ court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of a hotel director, Mrs Mary Joan Adeiekwe, 38 for allegedly biting off the ear lobe of her manager, Chinwendu Nkemakolam.

She allegedly assaulted Nkemakolam for demanding her monthly salary after she sacked her in Lagos.

The Renaissance reports that Adeiekwe had earlier been arrested and charged before Magistrate M.B. Folami of Ejigbo, a Lagos suburb, for allegedly assaulting Nkemakolam.

After she was released on bail, she refused to show up for trial.

Nkemakolam was assaulted at the hotel premises located at 38, Olusesi Street, Ikotun, where she had gone to collect her salary as promised by Adeiekwe.

An argument had ensured between the two, during which Adeiekwe allegedly bit off Nkemakolam’s ear lobe.

The victim, who is a graduate of Business Administration from the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTHEC), was employed by Adeiekwe to manage her hotel on a N25,000 monthly salary.

Barely a few months after she took the job, Adeiekwe sacked the manager without paying her salary, asking her to come later.

Nkemakolam narrated that when she went to the hotel to collect her money, Adeiekwe got angry, grabbed her ear and “bit off part of it”.

She said that she bled profusely and was taken to Igando General Hospital with the piece of ear lobe that fell off.

But before they reached the hospital the piece of ear was already dead and doctors said it could not be stitched back.

The matter was reported at Ikotun Police Station and Adeiekwe was arrested and charged with three-count charge of felony, assault and wounding under the Criminal Code.

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She was granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.

The matter suffered several adjournments because Adeiekwe refused to show up for trial.

When the matter came up again on Monday, Adeiekwe did not show up again.

But her counsel pleaded with the court for out-of-court settlement, promising that the accused would pay the victim salary and her medical bills.

Folami insisted that the defendant must appear in court and explain why she won’t face trial.

The matter was adjourned till 1 June, 2015.

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