Court sentences woman to 48 hours in prison for contempt

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OSOGBO –  An Osogbo on Wednesday sentenced Bimbo Akinwunmi, 25, to 48 hours in prison for contempt of court.

The chief magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, sentenced the Akinwunmi after she pleaded guilty to the one count of contempt levelled against her.

Aluko, however, said the convict looked “sober and remorseful’’ for her crime, and gave her an option of N1, 000 fine.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Isiaka Ajadi, told the court that the convict committed the offence on May 21 at about 9.40 a.m. at the Chief Magistrates’ Court 2 in Osogbo.

Ajadi said the convict, who was standing along with two on a charge of assault against Ibrahim Olayinka (an activist), failed to answer the charge when her case was called for mention.

He added that the action of the convict amounted to “intentional disrespect to judicial proceedings’’.

The prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 133(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol.11 Laws of 2003.

Akinwunmi claimed she was ill and couldn’t it to court on the day her case was called, and her counsel, Mr Muslimat Nagode, begged the court for leniency. (NAN)