12 February 2013

Nigeria: Man Jailed for Stabbing a 16-Year-Old Boy

Abeokutaa — Magistrates' Court in Abeokuta on Tuesday sentenced a 20-year-old man, Bidemi Jayeola, to one year imprisonment for stabbing a 16-year-old boy.

The Magistrate, Mr Matins Akinyemi, sentenced Jayeola after he pleaded guilty to the charge of assault filed against him . Akinyemi, who did not give the convict an option of fine, said the sentence was with hard labour. The magistrate said that the offence was classified as a violent crime.

He said that Jayeola inflicted "serious bodily injury" on another person, therefore, he had to go to jail and think about his actions.

The Police Prosecutor, Mr Sunday Eigbejiale, told the court that the offence was committed on Dec. 24, 2012, at about 8 p.m. at Olorunda village in Abeokuta.

He said that the convict stabbed one Yusuf Ojubanire on his neck, hand and ribs while on his way to church.

"The young boy and his brothers were on their way to church, when Jayeola accosted them and threatened to collect their belongings.

"When the boy refused to give him, Jayeola stabbed him on the neck, hand and ribs, he ran away leaving the poor boy in a pool of blood.

"The boy was rushed to Ayetoro General Hospital by a passersby. Luckily, he survived the injuries," he said. The prosecutor also said that upon investigation, the convict was arrested at an uncompleted building where a cutlass and some charms, numbering 28 were found on him.

Eigbejiale argued that the offence contravened Section 355 of the Criminal Code Law of Ogun, 2006. Earlier, the convict had pleaded for leniency. NAN

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