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Published On: Sun, Jun 8th, 2014

Applicant docked over cheating

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A 28-year old applicant, Ikechukwu Ani, has appeared in a Grade 1 Area court at Aso Pada, in Mararaba, for alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating.

An, who is of Small Shareton Calvery Road in Mararaba, received and converted the money to his own personal use, the sum of N6,000, being part of a monthly contribution of N3,000.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Enumaje Friday, told the court that one Chinonso Sunday had lodged a report about Ani at the `A’ Divisional Police Station in Mararaba on June 2.

Friday said the complainant, who resides behind Aso Pada Primary School, in Mararaba, along with the accused and four others had in February 2014 started a monthly contribution of N3,000.

He said Sunday gave the accused N3,000 on two occasions, which added up to N6,000, but the accused converted the money to his own personal use.

The prosecutor said all efforts to get the money from the accused, had proved abortive before he was arrested.

He said the act contravened sections 314 and 322 of the Penal code respectively.

Section 314 stipulates that whoever commits criminal breach of trust shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years and could also be liable to fine.

While section 322 stipulates that whoever cheats shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine or with both.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The presiding judge, Mr. Albert Maga, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety in like sum.

Maga said the surety must be a civil servant from Grade Level 12 and above and must also deposit two passport-sized photographs with the court’s Registrar.

He adjourned the matter to June 19 for hearing proper.(NAN)



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