An Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday sentenced Sunday Arowosoki, 25 and Gbolaga Arowosoki, 23, to 15 months imprisonment for unlawful assault, malicious damage and unlawful damage of two shops.
The Magistrate, Mr Olatomiwa Daramola, sentenced the convicts after pleading guilty to the offences.
In his judgment, Magisrate Daramola said, he was of the firm view that the evidence led by the prosecution in the circumstances of the case was adequate enough, since the evidence implicated the convicts.
“I therefore hold that the prosecution has proved the offences as charged in counts 1 and 3 against the convicts in the presence of cogent and compelling evidence before this court.
“They are hereby found guilty and convicted accordingly in counts 1 and 3 of the charge.
“In count one on assault, the convicts are sentenced to three months imprisonment each or fine of N10, 000.
“In count two on malicious damage, the convicts are hereby discharged and acquitted and in count three on unlawful damage, the convits are sentenced to one year imprisonment each or fine of N10, 000 in lieu of imprisonment
“The terms are to run concurrently while the fine is consecutively,” Daramola ruled.
The prosecutor, Insp Elijah Adejare, had told the court that the convicts committed the offences on April 17, 2022 around 10:00 a.m in Ayegunle-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Adejare said the convicts conspired to commit felony to wit assault on Mrs Rachael Arowosoki, malicious damage and unlawful damage of two shops belonging to Mrs Rachael Arowosoki.
According to him, the offences contravene the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State 2021.
He said the statement of the victim to the police indicated that she was a trader, and got married to late Jimoh Arowosoki over 45 years ago with six children.
“After the death of my husband, his siblings accused me of witchcraft who was responsible for the death of my husband and some members of the family.
“The case was reported to the traditional ruler of Alayegunle who dismissed the allegation for being frivolous and unsubstantiated.
“Thereafter, the convicts mobilised other members of the family, they were armed with cutlasses, sticks and other dangerous weapons with intention of killing me but I managed to escape and ran to the palace.
“When their mission could not be accomplished, they went to my shop erected in front of my house and destroyed it.
“The matter was reported at Ijero Police Station, the convicts when arrested, were seen with dust all over their body.
“On enquiry, they confessed that the dust all over their body was from the shop they just destroyed,” she said.
To prove his case, the prosecutor called three witnesses and tendered statements of the victim, the defendants, hospital receipts and admission card, among others as exhibits.
The convicts spoke in their own defence through their counsel, Mr Adegboyega Falowo and called three witnesses.(NAN)