42-year-old in court for cheating

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A 42-year-old man, Damisa John, on Friday was arraigned in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, for alleged breach of trust and cheating.
The Prosecutor, Herman Donald, told the court that Shelbut Shehu of Plot E, Karu Site, Abuja, reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police Station on Aug. 30.

Donald said that on August 14, the complainant discovered that the accused who was a tenant moved out while owing him N265,000 as house rent.

According to him, the accused moved out of the house without the consent of the complainant to an unknown destination until he was traced and arrested on August 30.

The accused confessed to have committed the crime during a police interrogation.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code, which attracts five years imprisonment with fine or both if found guilty.

The defence counsel, Sani Noah, appealed for the bail of the accused.

The judge, Ibrahim Shekaru granted the accused bail with the sum of N50,000 and a surety in like sum.

Shekaru said that the surety must be a civil servant on grade level seven, and adjourned the case till September 22 for further hearing.

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