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Man docked over alleged malicious damage



A 26-year-old man, Remilekun Oluwole, was, on Monday, arraigned before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court over alleged malicious damage of empty bottle crates.

The defendant was arraigned on a three -count charge of conspiracy, breach of peace and malicious damage.

The Prosecutor, Insp. James Obaletan, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 25, 2019 at about 10:50 pm., at Ifetedo in Ife South Local Government area of Osun.

Obaletan said that the defendant conspired with other persons still at large, to forcefully enter into the shops of Racheal Olayinka, Gbolaga Aretade and Bamidele Tunde, with the intent to commit felony.

He said that the defendant maliciously damaged 18 empty crates, four crates of eggs and one cartoon of noodles.

The prosecutor stated that the defendant also stole the windscreen of a vehicle belonging to Aretade.

Obaletan said that total value of stolen item was N57,000.

He added that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 249, 451 and 517 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2020.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The Magistrate, Joseph Owolawi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Owolawi said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, must reside within the court jurisdiction and present three copies of recent passport photograph each.

He adjourned the case till Feb 3 for hearing.

Edited by: Debo Oshundun and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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