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Absence of prosecutor stalls trial of teenagers who allegedly stole household items



The absence of police prosecutor, Mr Oscar Mbaeri has stalled the trial of two teenagers in an Owerri Family Court on Thursday.

Defence counsel, Mr Gregory Okemili told the court that the absence of the prosecutor was ‘unfortunate’ and should not be used as excuse to prolong the teenagers’ stay in police custody.

Okemili further begged the court to grant the accused persons bail as one of them, Madu was a minor and had remained in police custody since his arrest on March 1.

Amadi, the owner of the stolen household items, who resides in and hails from Ulakwo in Owerri North LGA, had earlier told the court that Mbaeri had called him on phone at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

He added that Mbaeri’s call was to inform him that he had an accident and would not make it to court Thursday.

Amadi also said that the owner of the house where the alleged stolen items were found by the police and documented as exhibits was at large alongside four other suspects.

The magistrate, Mrs A. O. Odionyenma, however, said that the continued detention of Madu without any case established against him could constitute an abuse.

“ We don’t want any child to be abused in any way. His continued detention without an established case against him is an abuse in itself “, she said.

Odionyenma further ordered that Madu should be released from police custody since he was a minor while ordering his mother, Mrs Pauline Chiagorom and Okemili to produce him in court on the adjourned date.

She adjourned the matter until Aug. 1 for further hearing.

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