I steal to feed my children – Suspect
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.