Ibrahim Fasasi will do one month jail term with hard labour

A Yaba Magistrates? Court, on Wednesday, sentenced Ibrahim Fasasi, an employee of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), to one month imprisonment for stabbing a man he mistook for a thief.

Fasasi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

The police prosecutor, Victor Eruada, had told the court that Fasasi, on August 17 at the Oyinbo Market, had mistaken the complainant, Gabriel Babalola, for the man who allegedly stole some items from a shop and stabbed him.

“The accused ran after the complainant to apprehend him for stealing,” he said. “He asked him to surrender his bag, but he refused. In the process, the accused brought out a knife and stabbed the complainant on his hand and collected the bag. Unfortunately, the owner of the shop said the complainant was not the one who stole the items.”

He said the offence contravened Section 171 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.

Magistrate Patrick Adekomaya, while giving judgment, said that the sentence should be served with hard labour.

“With the evidence before this court and the plea of the accused, he is hereby found guilty as charged,” he said. But, bearing in mind that the accused is a first offender and in consideration of the peculiar facts of the case, the accused is hereby sentenced to one month imprisonment with hard labour.”

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