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I steal to feed my children – Suspect

I steal to feed my children – Suspect
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By Damilola Origbemisuyi,  Johnson Balogun & Success Nlemchukwu

It  was a mixed  feeling  for  audience at an Akure  Chief  Magistrates  Court  sitting  at Oke-Eda, when  a middle-aged  man, Ilesanmi Famaye, told  the court  that  he stole to feed  his children.

The  30-year-old   defendant  was dragged   before  the court for allegedly stealing a motorcycle  and some other  items  on August 16, 2019, at about 9:30am at Oke-Owu community, Oba -Ile.

But  to the dismay of all,  the accused  who pleaded  not guilty to the offence of conspiracy, told the court that he carried out the  act to feed his  hungry children.

The offence committed was said to be contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State, Nigeria 2006.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the  offences of  conspiracy and theft brought against him.

However, the  prosecutor, Inspector Martins Olowofeso  prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending an  advice from the office of the  Director of Public Prosecution in the  Ministry of Justice.

 Olowofeso  told the  court that the defendant conspired  with others at large  and broke into the dwelling house of one Ajayi Ibikunle where they  stole the following items; one boxer motorcycle with number  plate FGB 400 AKR, valued at N150,000, one deep freezer valued at N70,000 , one Chinos trouser valued at N3,000 and three shirts valued at N9,000. Total valued at N232,000.

The  Magistrate, Mrs Ruth Olumilua, ordered the remand of the defendant in prison custody in line with the prosecutor’s application, pending a legal advice from the DPP’s office.

She, therefore,  adjourned the case  till October 11, 2019.

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