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A disabled man, Umar Muhammad on Wednesday, was discharged by an Ogun State magistrate court sitting at Isabo area of Abeokuta after the suspect has spent four months in prison for allegedly stealing a footwear and jewelry.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the suspect has been arrested sometime May, 2022 to have allegedly stolen a pair of sandals, shoes and jewelry at a shop in Lafenwa area of the state.
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the suspect, who was the 3rd defendant, was earlier arraigned on 16th June, 2022 with two others, namely; Olabiyi Ojatunwase and Ibrahim Misa Bello as the 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.
The 3rd defendant was arraigned before the court on a three-count charge of stealing.
After trial, the chief magistrate O.M Somefun found the 3rd defendant guilty of the offence.
The defence counsel, Chief John Olugbenga however pleaded to the court to have mercy on the accused, noting that he was physically challenged and as a first offender.
The chief magistrate yielded to the plea and thereby discharged the disabled man with a three-count charge.
Speaking with PLATFORM TIMES after the judgement, Chief Olugbenga said the suspect should consider himself lucky as the court could have sentenced him.
Narrating how his client was involved in the case, the defence counsel said, “The case is a case of receiving stolen property brought to court by the commission of police in Ogun State against three persons, including Abubakar Umar, whom I represented as the 3rd defendant.
“The fact of the case is that a certain person, who owns a shop at Lafenwa alleged that his shop was burgled sometime in April, 2022.
“Then, about a week after, he found one leg of a particular pair of shoes on the leg of a passerby, whom he suspects is one of the items that was stolen from his shop. That passerby is a cripple by the name Olabiyi Ojatunwase.
“He disclosed that he purchased that one leg of the shoe from a secondhand goods trader, who was the second defendant in this case, Ibrahim Misan Bello, who told the police that two different shoes of left legs was handed over to him by this Umar Muhammed and that he gave him N400 for it.
“So, they have been arraigned in this court on the 16th of June this year and they have remained in prison custody since then.
“So, today, the court finds him guilty of the offence. The court passed that sentence on him.
“The court was magnanimous in view of the circumstance of the circumstance case.
He added, “He should just consider himself a lucky chap; that’s how one can easily run foul of the law.”
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