INDUSTRIAL COURT JUDGE HUNTS THERAPIST OVER ‘FAILED’ BODY ENHANCEMENT
• ‘MY LIFE IN DANGER,’ THERAPIST CRIES OUT
A judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (name withheld) has threatened to levy criminal complaint against an Abuja based skin-care therapist, one Pamela Onyeagusi, unless she makes “reparation and compensation.”
According to a letter by the law firm of Ganiyu Ajibola Bello obtained by CITY LAWYER, the judge’s solicitors warned that “This consequently serves as a notice that you shall be charged to court upon this matter if reasonable steps are not taken to remedy all the wrongs committed towards our Client.”
Meanwhile, the beauty therapist told CITY LAWYER that the allegations were false, adding that she has also refunded monies paid by the judge due to severe threats allegedly heaped on her by the jurist.
CITY LAWYER gathered that the judge was angered by some allegedly failed skin-care procedures done on her by a therapist, stating that the therapist’s “representation of being a professional is a false and fraudulent representation while you were indeed criminally negligent and unskilled.”
Titled “CASE OF CRIMINAL MISREPRESENTATION, NEGLIGENCE, RECKLESSNESS AND INFLICTION OF GRIEVOUS BODILY HURT CONTRARY TO THE PENAL CODE ACT, ABUJA AND DEMAND FOR REPARATION AND COMPENSATION” and dated October 7, 2022, the demand letter alleged that sometime in May, the therapist “falsely and fraudulently represented to our client that you are a professional and skillful Skin Care Specialist with requisite skill and knowledge in the act of removing stretch-marks and skin scars arising from surgery using laser procedure.
“Consequent upon the foregoing representation which turned out to be false, Our Client on the 8th of May, 2022 visited your center under an appointment for the professed laser procedure and other dermatological procedures which was supposed to be carried out on Our Client’s face, thighs and stomach.
“In carrying on with the procedure however, you caused grievous bodily harm and injury to Our Client’s right thigh by burning her thighs with the laser machine. The hurt was so excruciating that Our Client had to stop you from continuing the procedure and that was the saving grace for her left thigh.
“Within hours after the unsuccessful procedure, the condition of injury inflicted on Our Client’s right thigh started to deteriorate while she also experienced terrible breakouts on her face.
“Our Client was forced to travel to Lagos on several occasions for treatment of the injury to her thigh and her face. She was put on dosage of several expensive medications while having to bear excruciating pains from the injury for about a month as she could barely walk or engage in bath without suffering excruciating pain form the burnt areas of her body.”
The judge’s solicitors warned that “The foregoing position clearly shows that Our Client have a concrete basis upon which to prosecute you for criminal misrepresentation, negligence, recklessness, infliction of grievous bodily hurt and endangering her life while making you face the wrath of the law,” adding that “The consequently serves as a notice that you shall be charged to court upon this matter if reasonable steps.”
But in a response obtained by CITY LAWYER, the embattled therapist denied the allegations, adding that not only is she well trained in the field, she had refunded the judge’s monies in order to let peace reign.
According to the response signed by Mr. Charles Sunday of Fredricks E. Itula, SAN & Co., the skin-care therapist was trained both in the United States and United Kingdom, adding that she was issued with certificates to show for her training.
He noted that “It is important to state here that your client before that 8th day of May, 2022 have (sic) had thigh liposuction, gastric bye-pass surgery, many cosmetic procedures, surgeries and facial treatments which resulted in various spotted skin bumps and keloid growths.”
Continuing, the solicitors stated that the judge “persuaded our client to go ahead with the laser procedure with the notion of looking young and beautiful with no one being able to guess her real age.”
He stated that “After the thigh procedure, our client advised your client to observe less movement that will put pressure or friction,” adding that “Your client rather than heed to this advice immediately proceeded to embark on trips to Jos and Lagos which trips consequentially resulted to blisters on the affected areas due to excessive frictions of the thighs couple (sic) with skin lightening (bleaching) cream she uses.”
The solicitors stated that the payment of $2,000 and N500,000 by the judge to the therapist was a clear indication that she was satisfied with the service rendered, adding however that “We were also informed that your client issued a lot of threats and harassment to our client and demanded for the full refund of the fees our client charged her failing which she would face her wrath. The threats were so frightening that our client had to inform the woman who referred your client to her and shudder (sic) when she realized that your client is a serving Judge and could make life unbearable for her, hence the full refund of the payment so made.”
According to the solicitors, “In as much as we deny vehemently the allegations of negligence and recklessness on the part of our client, we however would be willing to have a meeting for a peaceful resolution of the issues.”
When CITY LAWYER contacted the embattled therapist yesterday, she stated that she had gone into hiding upon a tip-off that there were some persons mounting surveillance on her apartment.
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