By Chisom Unachukwu

LAGOS—A 30 year-old ex-convict, Valentine Thomas, who allegedly obtained food and assorted drinks valued N173,450 from a hotel and stole a phone valued at N56,000, property of his lawyer, one Henry Orarotomi, was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court in Lagos.

The defendant is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, false pretence and theft preferred against him by the Police.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Cyraicus Osuji, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offence on January 9 and 10.

Osuji told the court that the defendant, an ex-convict, conspired with others still at large to obtain food and assorted drinks valued at N173,450 from Victoria Crown Palace Hotel, while pretending to be an indoor guest.

He added that they also asked the bartender to provide them with some girls to keep them company and after the merriment, they tried escaping without paying the bills.

Osuji said: “The defendant had been tried and jailed for this same offence after obtaining goods from Peninsula Hotel and leaving without payment, but after the issue was solved he went ahead to commit more offences.”

The prosecutor added that on November 9, 2017, Thomas also stole his lawyer, Henry Orarotomi’s phone under the pretence of using it to make calls.

According to Osuji, the offences committed are punishable under Sections 411, 314 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate, Mrs Omoyele, granted him N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum. She added that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have their addresses verified.

The case was adjourned till February 22 for mention.


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