The police have arraigned one Gabriel Fidelis, 30, before an Ogbeson chief magistrates’ court in Benin for allegedly assaulting a woman identified as Rebecca Izevbigie.
The accused was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful assault and malicious damage punishable under sections, 516, 355, and 451 of the Criminal Code.
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The prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Iyare, told the court that the accused conspired with others at large to commit the offence on April 11, at Estate Quarters, along Benin-Agbor Road, Benin City.
She further told the court that the accused, with others now at large, unlawfully assaulted one Rebecca Izevbigie by hitting and biting her.
She added that the accused also used iron rod to break her leg.
She further told the court that on March 31, 2021 the defendant did intentionally and maliciously damage one of the complainant’s wash hand basins valued at N8,000.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge while his counsel, Mrs E. E Idahosa, applied for his bail, saying he would not jump bail.
Thereafter, Chief Magistrate Mutairu Oare, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety.
He said the surety must deposit two recent passport photographs of himself and that of the defendant with the court.
He ordered that the Court registrar should verify the information supplied about the surety’s residence and adjourned the case to May 10, for hearing.