NIGERIA: Man jailed for nine months over malicious damage

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CourtMAGISTRATE court sitting in Oleh, Delta State has sentenced one Chief Alex Omuh to nine months imprisonment with hard labour with an option of fine of N30, 000 for a two count charge of misdemeanor and malicious damage.

Omuh and others now at large in the Charge No MCO/360/2011 were accused of damaging a block wall valued at N500, 000 on 22nd January, 2011 at Okieke Lane off Old Olomoro Road.

Chief Magistrate of the Oleh Magisterial District, Mr. O Aforkeya, while delivering his judgment said the court found the accused guilty of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor punishable under Section 517 of the Criminal Code.

“In the final analysis, I hold that the prosecution has proved the two-count charge of conspiracy and malicious damage against the accused beyond reasonable doubt and I convict him accordingly,” he said.

According to Aforkeya, “in count I, the accused is sentenced to a fine of N10, 000 (Ten thousand Naira) and in default thereof, he is sentenced to 3 (three) months imprisonment with hard labour.

“In count II, the accused is sentenced to a fine of N20, 000 (Twenty thousand Naira) and in default thereof, the accused person is sentenced to 6 (six months) imprisonment”.

The prison terms are to run concurrently while the sentences of fine are cumulative.”

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