A 30-year-old man, David Okoro, who was accused of stealing a bag containing clothes from his roommate has be discharged by Magistrate Esosa Osifo-Ehigiegbe of Oredo magistrates’ Court, Benin.
The Police had arraigned the defendant on a one count charge of stealing.
The Police Prosecutor, ASP Soyemi had alleged that on March 7, 2020 at No 4, Victory lane, Off New Lagos Road, New Benin, the defendant did steal a bag containing Jeans trouser, canvas , Itel phone valued N70,000 and cash sum of N30,000 property of one Mr Kenneth Okeke.
She explained that the defendant left the bag inside the room, and it got missing, adding that no other person was present in the room.
She said that both defendant and complainant lived in the same apartment and work in the same bread bakery.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable to Edo.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The magistrate, therefore, discharged the defendant following an application by the police prosecutor, ASP Violent Soyemi who told the court to dismiss the case because the complainant, Mr Kenneth Okeke said he was no longer interested in the case.
Okeke had said that he had earlier told the Investigation Police officer (IPO) at the police station that he wanted to withdraw the case.
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According to him, the defendant has no relation in Benin, and appealed to the court that he do not want the case to continue.