An Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court, yesterday, ordered that a 17-year-old SSS 2 student be remanded in police custody over alleged stealing said to have been committed with her boyfriend.
The boyfriend, Samuel Fadeyi, 21, a driver, was, however, granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adejoke Adegoroye, in the sum of N50,000 and one surety in like sum.
The two accused persons were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing brought against them by the police.
The police prosecutor, Sgt Martins Olowofeso, told the court that the two committed the offence on March 13, about 10.20p.m. at 21, Iro Street, Akure, in Akure Magisterial District.
He said that they stole one Nokia X2 mobile phone valued at N20,000 and another Nokia phone valued at N2,000, both belonging to one Segun Samuel.
The offence, the prosecutor said, was contrary to and punishable under section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol. I laws of Ondo State 2006.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken, but they told the court that they understood the charges.
The prosecutor informed the court that he had three people to testify against the accused persons and prayed the court to grant an adjournment to enable him to assemble his witnesses.
Counsel to the accused persons, Mr Abiodun Umoru, did not object, but urged the court to admit his clients to bail on liberal terms.
Ruling on the bail application, the magistrate said that since the parents of the female accused were not in court, she should be remanded in police custody because she is a minor.
She said that her bail application would be considered on March 21, and told the police to make sure that her parents were in court on that day.
While granting bail to Samuel, she ruled that the surety must present an affidavit of means and be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
She adjourned the case till March 21, for hearing and consideration of bail for the second accused.