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Drama in court as complainant begs on behalf of convict

Jul 12, 2023

There was a mild drama in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Badagry, Lagos state on Wednesday, July 12, as a nominal complainant, James Bassey, broke down in tears to beg for leniency for a dry cleaner, Pius Savoir, who was sentenced to one month for stealing a pressing iron and N20,000.

The Prosecution counsel, ASP Ikem Uko, told the court that the convict committed the offence on July 6 at about 7:00pm at Yeponnawa Str. Church-Gate, Lagos. Uko said the convict stole a pressing iron and N20,000, property of Bassey, the complainant. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015. 

Delivery judgment in the case today July 12, Chief Magistrate Patrick Adekomaiya sentenced Savior following his guilty plea and presentation of the facts of the case. Adekomaiya noted that the convict was a first offender and that the court will be lenient.

The Magistrate thereby sentenced Savior to one-month imprisonment, to spend seven days in prison and the remaining three weeks in Morogbo Police Station, where he would be reporting daily for community service.

Immediately after the Magistrate pronounced her ruling, Bassey burst into tears and pleaded that the convict should be pardoned.

“My Lord, I don’t have wife or children, it is this convict that always takes care of me. He used to help me to do all my domestic work and massage me, but the habit of stealing my things is too much, that is why I reported him when he stole my money and pressing iron. If you sentence him to prison now, nobody will be assisting me and this could lead to my death” he said

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