My pastor husband turned me to a punching bag when I was pregnant, wife tells court

Domestic assault

Mrs Oluseyi Mark, a housewife on Thursday sought the dissolution of her five-year-old marriage to her estranged husband, Jonathan Mark, a pastor over alleged violence and long separation.

She’s a resident of Osola Street, Ifako in Agege, Lagos State, urged an Agege Customary Court to terminate the union on grounds of violence, lack of love and long separation.

The petitioner alleged that her husband, a pastor of a popular Lagos church was fond of beating her over minor issues.

“When I was pregnant with our only child, my husband beat and punched me several times on my stomach.

“This made our son to have a scar on his mouth since I was delivered of him till now.

“Since my husband is a pastor, l reported him to his church so that the elders there could caution him.

“But, he had refused to change, ’’ Oluseyi said

She alleged that her husband was also envious of her and would turn violent whenever he saw people around her.

“My husband lies a lot and keeps a dagger at home which he uses to threaten my life,’’ she said.

The petitioner said that she had been living separately from her husband since December 2014.

“He had stopped providing for me and our child; I am the one responsible for the education and the upkeep of our only child,’’ Oluseyi said.

The respondent, Jonathan Mark of Kayode Alabi Street,Ogba, a suburb of Lagos, however denied all the allegations levelled against him.

Jonathan said that his wife was a ‘party freak’.

“My wife cannot do without attending parties at the expense of taking proper care of our four-year-old child.

“Whenever l wanted to have sexual intercourse with her, she would give me conditions that were unimaginable and this used to lead to a series of misunderstandings between us,’’ Jonathan said.

He further said that, “whenever we had any quarrel, my wife with our son will pack out of the house.’’

The respondent urged the court to grant the dissolution of the marriage as filed by his wife.

He, however, asked the court to order his wife to allow him access to his son.

The magistrate adjourned the case to Sept. 20.

NAN

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