By Nike Adekunle –
A 40-year-old trader, Taiwo Sholola with his 14-year-old son, (name withheld), charged with attempting to kill a man by stabbing him severally on his body till he fainted were on Tuesday, 25 January, 2017, remanded after they pleaded not guilty to the charge.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court which gave the ruling, said Mr. Sholola should be kept in Kirikiri Prisons while his son be kept in Remand Home (Home where children who committed crime and are under the age of 18years are kept), pending when their bail conditions would be fulfilled.
The Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Father and son, however, could not meet the bail condition and were remanded in prison and Remand Home respectively.
The accused, who are residents of Number 22, Olanrewaju Steet, Agege, Lagos, were being tried for breach of peace, conspiracy, assault and attempted murder.
According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, the accused and others still at large committed the offences on January 10 at their residence.
He said that the accused and others assaulted one Mr Marcus Dokpesi, by stabbing him with different sharp objects all over his body.
“The accused stabbed the complainant severally which made him to passed out,” he said.
Donny said that the accused’s son, stoned the complainant who was passing on the road on his eyes and took to his heels.
“The accused’s son threw stone at the complainant who was coming back from work.
“The complainant chased him to his house in order to discipline him.
“When the accused’s son got home, he raised alarm to his family members that the complainant wanted to beat him.
“Six members of the accused’s family rushed out with knives, bottles and iron rod and started stabbing the complainant.
“Blood was gushing out of his body, they ignored the blood and continue stabbing him till he fainted.
“When they discovered that the complainant was no longer breathing, they all took to their heeds.
“Good samaritans in the area quickly rushed the complainant to the hospital where he was resuscitated after two days,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the accused while assaulting the complainant dispossessed him of his Iphone 6 valued at N500,000 and a cash sum of N100,000 which was in his pocket.
The offences contravened sections 171, 285 and 228 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 228 prescribes life imprisonment as penalty for attempted murder.