Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry’s husband, Lanre, could face up to three years in prison if found guilty of the three charges levelled against him by a magistrate court in Lagos.
The actress, last week admitted that she had been enduring an abusive marriage to Lanre Gentry as she shared pictures of her battered face on social media. She also claimed that her husband had threatened her life.
A magistrate court in Ikeja, Lagos has now remanded Gentry, a popular hotelier, in prison on three counts of domestic violence, assault, and threat to life.
Media and entertainment lawyer Olumide Mustapha told Channels TV Entertainment, Gentry might get up to three years in prison if found guilty of at least the assault charge.
“Assault occasioning actual bodily harm is much more serious and is known as a felony. So, if he is found guilty of that, that carries a prison sentence of up to three years,” he said.
Gentry, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, has sent counter accusations against his wife, claiming her accusations are lies. He also accused her of being unfaithful in their seven-year marriage.
Meanwhile, Mercy Aigbe, who recently revealed the challenges she had endured in her marriage to Lanre Gentry, has said that her coming out with the story of the domestic abuse was to enable them get help and that it is never ever intended to serve as an exit point from her marriage.
“It’s not like I want to walk away, but I just feel that we need help,” she said in an interview with BroadwayTV .