The 40-year-old woman, Helen Okeke, who killed her neighbour during a fight in Ikota, Ajah area of Lagos State, has blamed an evil spirit for her deeds.
Okeke also known as Mama Chinedu, a single mother of one, who hails from Okigwe in Imo State, said she didn’t know the victim, Rosemary was dead until she was arrested.
She has pleaded to be forgiven by the family of the deceased who was said to be planning her wedding before the unfortunate incident unfolded on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
On the fateful day, the deceased found out that someone had poured urine on the clothes she spread on her door and reported to the landlady, Alhaja Iyabo Hamzat who promised to give her money for detergents to wash off the mess.
Some minutes after she reported the incident, the landlady said they heard a cry from the corridor and was shocked at the sight of blood gushing from Rosemary’s neck which Okeke had cut in the process of a fight.
The victim was rushed to a hospital but unfortunately died on the way.
Okeke who works as a cleaner, on Monday, July 13, 2015 told Punch that it was not the first time she would have a quarrel with Rosemary.
She said, “I have been living in that house for more than two years. The first time we fought, she shone her torch on me and I queried why she did that. She then hit me with the torch, and that was how we fought.
“The landlady, Alhaja, never gave me any quit notice as she claimed. I was even the one preparing to leave the apartment because it was too small for me.
“On that day, she carried a bucket of water and stood in front of my room saying I should come out if I know I was woman enough.
“I had just returned from where I went to buy bread and was inside my room. I did not want to come out.
“But a spirit just entered into my room and entered me. I was shaking uncontrollably and that was when I went out.
“I took a bucket of water and poured it on the floor in front of my room. But Rosemary poured her bucket of water on me, and that was when the fight started.
“I cannot explain what happened next. I have never had this kind of experience in my life. It was while I was at the police station that they said she was dead.
“I need forgiveness from Rosemary and her family. I want people to learn from my example that fighting is not good.”