A?car dealer, David Maxwell, 38, on Thursday appeared before a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court for allegedly cheating a customer to the tune of N900,000.
The accused, of Demark Motors Ltd, Nyanya, Abuja, is facing a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating brought against him by the police.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. Shem Simon, told the court that the accused committed the offence in 2012.
Simon said that the complainant,?? John Ezeanya, reported the matter at the Jikwoyi Police Station.
“He gave the accused a Toyota Avalon car with registration number?595 KJA to sell for?N900,000, based on trust and to remit the money to the complaint.
“The accused breached the trust the complaint had in him by selling the said car?at N800,000 to a customer and also refused to remit the money.
“All efforts by the complainant to get the money or recover his vehicle from Maxwell proved abortive, as the accused converted the money to his personal use.
“The accused later gave the complaint a sub-standard vehicle in replacement for the one he sold, but was turned down by the complaint who insisted on his car.
“Following police intervention, the accused person signed an undertaking to remit the money to the complainant on or before May 6, but failed to keep to the agreement.”
The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravene the provisions of sections 312 and 320 of Penal Code.
The accused, who represented himself in court, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If convicted of criminal breach of trust, the accused person faces seven years in prison or an option of fine or both.
The Senior Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 and two sureties in like sum who must be resident in the FCT.
“The sureties must be people with definite means of livelihood and their recent photographs and that of the accused should be handed to the court registrar. She adjourned the case to May 20 for hearing.