24th February, 2011
An unrepentant motorcycle thief who allegedly stole two motorcycles of his boss has been arrested by the police at the Adekunle Police Division, Yaba, Lagos and arraigned in court.
The police alleged that the accused, John Bull James, 25 stole two Bajaj motorcycles bought for him on hire purchase by one Jolly Oyegbesan. He reportedly lied to the owner that robbers snatched the two motorcycles from him.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the complainant had earlier bought one Bajaj for him before but after two days, the accused told him that it was snatched from him by a passenger he carried. The complainant accepted his explanations and forgave him.
Few months later, Jolly bought another Bajaj for him with registration number QU 840 GGE, valued at N120,000 and asked him to pay N150,000 instamentally. After a month, the accused reported to the owner that a passenger he conveyed pointed a pistol at his head and snatched the bike from him.
Suspecting foul play, the complainant reported the matter to the police at Makoko and the accused was arrested and detained.
He escaped from police custody and fled to Kwara State but was rearrested after eight months of searching.
He was immediately arraigned on a four-count charge of stealing before the Yaba Magistrate’s Court. His offence, according to the prosecutor, is punishable under sections 390 (9), 135 (a) of the Criminal Code, Cap.C.17, Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate directed that the sureties must be 40 years and above and one of them must be a blood relation and adjourned the matter till 8 March, 2011.
The defendant was remanded in prison custody when nobody came to bail him.