Court Remands Female Suspect Over Alleged Baby Theft

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An Osun Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ile-Ife on Thursday remanded a female suspect, Mrs Adebayo Bunmi, 27, in prison custody over alleged Theft of an 18-day old baby, 

Presiding Magistrate, Mrs Muhibah Olatunji refused the bail of the accused person on the ground that the Defence Counsel, Mr Alaba Awoseemo, did not come with written application for the consideration of her bail.

Olatunji ordered for the remand of the accused in Ilesa prison custody, pending the ruling of the bail application, saying that this will serve as a deterrent to others.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Inspector Ona Glory told the court that the accused committed the offence July 1, 2018 around 05:30 pm at Itasin Area, Modakeke in Ife Northeast LG area of Osun.

Glory said that the accused stole an 18-day-old- boy, Adebode David, son of Mr & Mrs  Adebode Peter with intent to deprive them permanently.

He added that the offence contravened section 371 (1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2003.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of a baby stolen.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Alaba Awoseemo, applied for the bail of the accused in most Libra term, pledging that his client would not jump bail, but would provide substantial sureties.

The case was adjourned until July 23, for a mention.

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