The teenager was made to clear court premises for stealing motorcycle.
A teenager, Waidi Rafiu, who was arraigned, Thursday, for the theft of a motorcycle before an Ondo Magistrate Court, was lucky as he was punished with cleaning the court’s premises, of bushes and debris, for three days.
The magistrate mitigated the punishment because the complainant withdrew the case preferred against the teenager.
It was an enemy attack
Waidi blamed the theft on “enemies attack.” He, however, promised not to indulge in the act again in future.
The accused commenced the bush clearing exercise within the Ondo State High Court complex in Ondo town on Thursday.
Similarly, a 19-year-old boy, Posi Akindipe, was arraigned at the same court in connection with burglary and stealing.
The accused allegedly opened the ceiling of the room where the items were kept by its owner, Joseph Eket, and carted the items away.
The alleged stolen items include three handsets of different brands, pair of leather slippers, two different kinds of native ankara dresses, compact disk tape, and a sum of money estimated at N59 thousand.
Police prosecutor, Adelakun Lawal, stated that the offences are contrary to and punishable under section 411 ( 1) and 390(9) of the criminal code cap 37 vol 1 Laws of Ondo state of Nigeria, 2006.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. Subsequently, Mr. Adelakun informed the court of his readiness to prosecute the case by inviting two witnesses.
He urged the court to grant him a short adjournment to peruse the case file and assemble all witnesses.
After listening to the application of the prosecution, and in view of absence of legal representation for the accused, the presiding Magistrate, O.S. Olajubu, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50 thousand with one surety in the like sum.
The surety, the judge ordered, must possess two years tax clearance, reside within the magisterial district, and swear an affidavit of means.
Mr. Olajubu, however, transferred the next hearing of the matter to the Chief Magistrate Court three in Ondo town for continued proceeding.