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Court jails landlord for assault on tenant

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Lagos –  A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Thursday sentenced a landlord, Samuel Olofin, 60, to six months imprisonment, but allowed him to go home, having spent more than a year in prison custody.

Mrs O. Olajuwon, the Magistrate, said that Olofin’s discharge was in view of the fact that he had been in prison custody for the past one year since his arraignment.

She said evidence was established against the convict and was found guilty as charged.

Olofin, a landlord, was found guilty of assaulting his tenant by hitting him with a padlock on his forehead.

The convict was arraigned on Jan. 27, 2013 on a charge of assault.

When the trial started, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N40, 000 with a surety in like sum which he never perfected throughout his period under custody.

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The Prosecutor, Insp. Gabriel Ekundayo, had told the court that Oloifin had on Jan. 24, 2013 at No. 46, Sanya St., Aguda, Surulere, assaulted his tenant, Mr Nnanna Nnalue.

He also said that the convict wanted Nnalue to vacate his house and when an argument ensued between them, Olofin used a padlock and hit him on the forehead.

The prosecutor said that the offence committed contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. (NAN)

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