Once A Thief.. Court remands ex-convict in prison custody for fear of jumping bail

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18 Christians sentenced to jail.

The accused allegedly broke into the house of one Mr Omotosho Odunayo, and stole one Nokia handset, valued N11, 000 and a cash sum of N6, 750.

A 42-year-old ex-convict, Falana Tope, on Monday appeared before a Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Ado-Ekiti, for alleged house breaking and theft.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp Johnson Okunade, who told the court that the accused resides at Odo-Ado area in Ado-Ekiti, said he committed the offence on June 28 at about 1200 hrs in the metropolis.

He alleged that the accused broke into the house of one Mr Omotosho Odunayo, and stole one Nokia handset, valued N11, 000 and a cash sum of N6, 750.

Okunade also alleged that the accused broke into the house of one Mr Ajayi Seun, and stole five sachets of Semovita, valued N2, 000‎ and five litres of palm oil valued N2, 000.

The accused, the prosecutor alleged, also broke into the house of one Mr Adebayo Kayode, and stole 10 litres of palm oil, valued N6, 000.

According to him, the charges contravenes Section 411 (1) and (2) of the Criminal Code Cap C 16 Vol.1 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor applied for a date of adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his five witnesses.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read ‎to him, but his counsel, Miss Olumuagun Iyanuoluwa, applied for his bail, promising the court that he would not jump bail.

The Magistrate, Mrs Modupe Afeniforo, before her adjournment, asked the accused if he had been to prison before, in which he answered ‘yes’.

He told the court that he was sentenced to two years imprisonment in 2010 for house breaking and theft.

The magistrate, therefore, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody, describing him as an unrepentant offender.

The court adjourned the case to July 26 for hearing.



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