Robbery Suspect Breaks Down Inside Court


A robbery suspect, Sunday Nwanoruo, broke down and wept profusely on Tuesday when his case was adjourned by an Enugu High Court.

Justice Afam Nwobodo, adjourned the case till June 26 to enable the state counsel to produce his witnesses.

Nwobodo berated the counsel, Mr. Dele Orimojoye, for not producing any of the 19 witnesses he was to prosecute the case with, and warned that it would be dismissed on the adjourned date if he failed to open his case.

The accused person and others at large were alleged to have on April 4, 2010 at Michelle Laboratories Ltd, Thinkers Corner, Abakpa, Enugu conspired to commit felony.

The accused and the others were said to have robbed the company of large quantities of various drugs worth about N853 million at gun-point.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused wept profusely as soon as he was called to the dock, leading the judge to remind him that the court was not a market place.

He, however, broke down and wept more after the case was adjourned.

In another development, the court also on Tuesday granted bail to one Ugochukwu Agu accused of burglary.

Nwobodo, who granted the bail in the sum of N50,000, said the accused must produce one surety in like sum and who must swear to an affidavit of means and show evidence of tax payment for three years.

The accused was alleged to have on November 13, 2010 at 30, Delay Quarters, Nigeria Railway Corporation premises, Enugu, broken into the apartment of one Marcus Rhoda to steal one Nokia camera phone valued at N10,000 and N6,000 cash.

Counsel to the accused, Mrs. J.C. Onyia, applied for the bail, arguing that the case was a bailable one and that her client would present himself in court whenever needed.

State counsel, Mr. P.C. Ugwueze, raised no objection to the bail application.