The Police on Monday arraigned a 30-year-old tricycle driver, Ogbonna Ikechukwu at a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for alleged criminal breach of trust.
The defendant, who lives in Karmo, Abuja, is standing trial on two counts charges of criminal breach of trust and theft.
Ejike alleged that on Feb. 19, the complainant bought a tricycle with engine number 03953 and chasis number 10850 and entrusted it to the defendant on hire purchase at the rate of N700, 000.
He alleged that both the complainant and defendant reached an agreement of a weekly remittance N10, 000 until liquidation of the principal sum of N700, 000.
The prosecutor told the court that as at June 18, the defendant had only remitted N104, 000, leaving an outstanding balance of N596, 000.
He alleged that the defendant had on June 18, called the complainant to report of the theft of the keke-Napep at Life Camp garage, when he went in search of passengers.
The Prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 312 and 289 of the Penal Code Law.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mr Gadafi Nwegbe, counsel to the defendant prayed the court to grant the defendant bail, citing Sections 36(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
Nwegbe told the court that the defendant was presumed innocent until proven guilty while assuring the court that he would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Celestine Odo granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300, 000 and one surety in like sum.
Odo ruled that the surety must live within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the matter until Aug.8, for hearing.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)