There was mid-drama on Tuesday, February 18, at Oredo Magistrates’ Court, Benin City, as a security man, Chuks Moses, who earlier pleaded guilty of an attempt to commit felony suddenly reversed his plea when pronouncement of his jail sentence was about to be made.
The defendant who is being tried for attempt to commit felony and malicious damage, had earlier pleaded guilty to attempt to commit felony and not guilty to maliciously damage of security electric wire.
However, when the defendant case was mentioned for pronouncement of jail sentence, he changed his plea that he was not guilty.
Moses, 25, told the court that he did not understand the charge sheet read to him on the day he was arraigned, adding that it’s more clearer to him.
Mr Emmanuel Okorie, the defendant counsel however appealed to the Magistrate to use her discretion to grant the defendant bail.
Following the plea, the Magistrate, Akere admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum, adding that the surety must residence within jurisdiction.
She adjourned the case until Feb 20 for hearing.
Recalls that the defendant had appeared before an Oredo Magistrates’ Court for allegedly damaging electric security wire valued at N250,000.