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Woman jailed 2 months for damaging GSM phone

Mr. Ekikere said that Ms. Eregbulem willfully and maliciously damaged a Samsung Galaxy cell phone valued N110,000, property of Abdulazeez Huseni.

by Oge Okonkwo

“She refused to collect the quit notice. Subsequently, Huseni was instructed to paste the notice on her door, take the picture as evidence of proof of service.

The magistrate Abimbola Oshodi-Makanju, delivered the judgement saying “you are hereby sentenced to two months imprisonment with hard labour for maliciously damaging a cell phone.

“In the process of taking the picture, Eregbulem collected Huseni’s phone, flung it on the floor, claiming that he took her pictures and invading her privacy.’’

Premium Times reports:

He said, “Eregbulem, who is a tenant in the house that Huseni oversees, was served with a quit notice due to her unwillingness to pay the increased house rent.

The prosecutor, Samson Ekikere, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on November 5, 2012 at No. 6, Ikosi Road, Oregun, Ikeja.

Ms. Eregbulem was arraigned on November 8, 2012, on one-count charge of malicious damage.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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A 28-year-old businesswoman Philomena Eregbulem has been sentenced to two months imprisonment by an  Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Friday for damaging a house caretaker’s phone.

Eregbulem was also told to restitute N110,000, which is the value of the phone she damaged.

“This will serve as deterrent to others,” the magistrate said.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail for N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

“From the facts before the court, prosecutor has proved beyond reasonable doubt that you committed the offence that you are charged with. This court hereby finds you guilty of the charge of malicious damage and sentences you to two months imprisonment.

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