An ex-convict, Sheriff Lawal, on Thursday pleaded with an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court for mercy during his arraignment for stealing shortly after leaving prison custody.
Lawal however told the court that he was under a spell cast on him by his father’s younger wife when he was asked why he has refused to turn a new leaf.
Lawal was standing trial for stealing a binding machine after he was arrested on Wednesday by policemen from Dada Estate Police Station.
According to Lawal, he started stealing since he was young and that he usually returns to his senses after committing the crime.
Lawal also told the court that he used to live with his elder brother in Osogbo but was sent packing because of the embarrassment his actions caused his brother.
He noted that there was a time he visited an orthodox church where he was told by a spiritualist that the problem was from his father’s younger wife.
The police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Abiodun Fagboyinbo, had earlier told the court that Lawal stole a binding machine belonging to one Mr Ademilua Micheal.
“The offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap.34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State Nigeria, 2003,” he said.
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