Thirty-two-year-old Azeez Adedokun, a mechanic, was on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing his client’s car brain box valued at N300,000.
The prosecutor, ASP Akeem Raji, told the court that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by abandoning the Mercedes Benz, property of one Mr. Tunde Moshood.
The defendant, who lives at No. 20 Akinlabi St., Ikeja, is therefore facing a three-count charge of false pretence, stealing and breach of the peace, but he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Raji also told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Nov.15, 2018, at noon on Tonade Street, Ikeja.
“The complainant gave the said car to the defendant for a repair but he drove the car to an unknown destination and removed the brain box worth N300, 000.
“The defendant maliciously damaged the car by abandoning it on the street,” he said.
The alleged offences contravene Section 314, 287 and 168 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, (Revised).
Adedokun, if found guilty may face jail term up to 14 years for false pretence and three years for stealing.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Layinka, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N25, 000 with one surety in like sum.
The surety must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She also ruled that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Layinka adjourned the case until April 23 for mention.