Saturday, 30 August 2014

57-Year-Old Man remanded for stealing mosquito net

Lawrence Isidor, a 57-year-old man has been remanded for two weeks for stealing a mosquito net in Happy Land Estate, Ajah, Lagos.

The defendant allegedly slapped the complainant, Gracious Odo, after she accused him of stealing the net.

The Police arraigned him on 11 August at Tinubu Magistrate court, on a two-count charge of stealing and assault, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The matter was called for bail hearing on Wednesday, 27 August, where the prosecutor explained to the magistrate, T.A. Owolabi that the complainant was ill and therefore could not appear in court.
Owolabi however, noted that the absence was deliberate, in order to make the defendant sweat.

The accused who had no defence, fell on his knees and begged the magistrate to throw out the case. He said, “My lord, please, I want the case to be struck out.”

The case was adjourned till 1 September, with the magistrate instructing the prosecutor to make sure the complainant appears in court.

He said, “I reluctantly accede to the prosecutor’s plea that the complainant is sick. The court shall not hesitate to take necessary steps if the prosecutor cannot produce the woman in court and establish the veracity of her sickness by Monday.

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