A 65-year-old man has approached an Asaba High Court, Delta State to dissolve his marriage with his wife who he accused of always beating him up.
The petitioner, a father of four, who preferred anonymity lamented in court how he married the woman after his first wife died because he craved for a companion.
However, he got more than he bargained for as he claimed he suffered severe beatings from the woman.
Narrating his ordeal in court, the man said: “I married my wife in 1998 and did the church wedding at Catholic Church of Assumption, Zappa, in Asaba. Since then, we have two children; a boy and a girl, but this woman always threatens to kill me, she beats me at every chance, and many times, I go into coma. She vowed that she must kill me and she sent all my children packing, I cannot continue with the marriage.
“She beats me most times, but it came to a climax on January 17, 2016, when she took something and hit my head in an attempt to kill me, so that I would not be able to pursue the divorce case in court, but thank God, her mission did not come to reality as I overcame her plan.
“She is a harlot, she beats me every day. I cannot eat her food again because she is a harlot. It is against my tradition and I want the marriage dissolved before she kills me.”
However, on her own part, the woman denied her husband’s claims before the court, wondering why she would harbour plots to kill her husband.
“What will make me to beat or attempt to kill my husband? We stay in the same house, sleep on the same bed, I am taking good care of him, but I don’t know what is wrong,” she said.
According to reports, there has not been enough evidence to prove that the complainant suffered physical abuse from his wife.
However, the case remains in court, while the trial judge demands his first son as a witness to the allegations, the case was adjourned to Wednesday, February 17, 2016.