Judiciary

23-Year-Old Maid Docked Over Theft, Threat To Life Of Employer

A 23-year-old housemaid, Olayemi Lawrence has been remanded in Ilesha Correctional Center for alleged stealing and attempted kidnap of her boss identified as Chief Eunice Fateye. 

Olayemi was dragged before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo on a five-count charge bothering on conspiracy, burglary, stealing, attempted arson and attempted kidnap of her boss. 

The Police Prosecutor, Mr Abiodun Fagboyinbo in the charge brought before the court stated that “Olayemi”, in December 2020 at about 2 AM at Ilasa-Ijesha in Obokun, broke into the house of one Chief Mrs Eunice Abike Fateye of No 5 Orofon Street to steal an Itel P36 mobile phone and one android mobile phone valued 150,000 naira. 

The prosecutor also alleged that the accused stole one ATM card belonging to her principal and used same to withdraw the sum of 305,000 naira from the principal’s bank account and also threatened to set her house ablaze if she refuses to send the sum of 500,000 naira. 

Olayemi was further accused of attempting to kidnap Chief Mrs Eunice Abike Fateye by sending her series of text messages if she fails to send the sum of 500,000 naira.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against her. 

Counsel to the defendant, Mr Nagite Okobe, prayed the court to grant her bail in most liberal term assuring the magistrate that she has reliable sureties and was willing to stand her trial. 

The prosecutor opposed the bail stating that she will jump bail if granted and the life of the complainant will be in danger because the agents of the accused person have been threatening the life of the victim.

The Magistrate, Mr Adebayo Ajala transferred the matter to Ibokun Magistrate Court on the grounds that the alleged offence was committed in that jurisdiction. 

He ordered that she should be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Center till Monday, January 18, 2021. 

Adenitan Akinola

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