By Alexandra Oladipo
Abuja – A Lugbe Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Friday discharged and acquitted Ferdinand James and Samson Ephraim, accused of housebreaking and stealing a lenovo laptop, valued at N60,000.
The Magistrate, Mr Samuel Idhiarhi, discharged and acquitted the defendants due to the prosecuting counsel’s inability to prove her case beyond reasonable doubt.
Idhiarhi said in his judgment that having considered the points made, “I am not satisfied that the prosecutor had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendants were the people who entered Plot 230, Gold Zone, Krystal Estate, Abuja.
“I hereby discharge and acquit the defendants of criminal conspiracy, housebreaking by night and theft.”
James, 21; and Ephraim, 25; both of Kubwa area, Abuja, were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, house breaking and theft.
The prosecutor, Vivian Oponmor, had earlier told the court that one Mr Chukwunonso Amakor, of the aforementioned address, reported the matter at the Lugbe Police Station on June 5, 2018.
Oponmor alleged that the defendants forced their way into the house of Amakor through the burglar proof, and stole a laptop at night.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
According to the prosecution, the offence contravened Sections 97, 355 and 288 of the Penal Code.