Drama in court as complainant breaks into tears, begs on behalf of convict

There was a mild drama in court after a complainant , Mr James Bassey broke down in tears to beg leniency for a dry cleaner, Pius Savoir, who was sentenced to one month in prison for stealing a pressing iron and N20,000.

Saviour was sentenced by Chief Magistrate Patrick Adekomaiya after admitting guilt and hearing the facts of the case.

The chief magistrate noted that because the defendant was a first-time offender when imposing the sentence, the court would be lenient.

Saviour was given a one-month prison term, of which he would serve seven days behind bars and the remaining three weeks at the Morogbo Police Station, where he would report every day to perform community service.

After hearing the verdict, Bassey started crying and pleaded for the convict to be forgiven.

“My Lord, I don’t have wife or children, it is this convict that always takes care of me.He used to help me to do all my domestic work and massage me, but the habit of stealing my things is too much, that is why I reported him when he stole my money and pressing iron.”

If you sentence him to prison now, nobody will be assisting me and this could lead to my death,” he said.

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP Ikem Uko, told the court that the convict committed the crime on July 6, around 7:00 p.m., at Yeponnawa Str. Church-Gate, Lagos.

He claimed that the convict stole a pressing iron and N20,000 from the complainant, Bassey.

According to the prosecutor, the offence violated Section 287 of the Lagos Criminal Law of 2015.

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