Police Arrested Customer Charged For Assaulting Salesgirl Over N400 Fried Meat

The police on Tuesday, charged a dealer in fairly used
clothes (tokunbo) Sharon Okafor, 22, before a Lagos
Magistrate’s Court sitting at Igbosere, for allegedly
cutting a salesgirl in the face with broken ceramic plates
during a disagreement over payment for drinks and N400
fried meat.
Okafor, who resides at 24, Ilasan Village, Lekki, is facing a
count charge of assault preferred against him by the police.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant Oladejo Balogun told the court
that the incident occurred at about 11pm on July 25, at
Mama’s Bar, Itedo, opposite Lekki Phase One in Eti Osa
Local Government Area (LGA), Lagos.
He said that Okafor unlawfully assaulted the complainant
with a breakable plate and injured her on the face. He
alleged that the defendant went to the bar in the company
of a man, simply called ‘Kingsley’ and they both ordered
for drinks and N400 fried meat.
Balogun said that the defendant and Kingsley were served
by the salesgirl, one Comfort Jonah, who demanded for
payment because it was near her closing time and that she
had other duties to attend to before going home.
The prosecutor said that trouble started when Okafor
insisted that it was her companion that would pay and he
would only do so after they were done.
He said “Jonah tried to take back the drinks and then threw
a plate at her which made her retaliate about 15 men
pounced on her and beat her up till she fainted,”
Okafor who was docked before Magistrate Mr. H. O. Amos
pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the prosecutor offence committed is
punishable under Section 244(a) of the Criminal Law of
Lagos State, 2011.
The counsel to the defendant Darnell Abbe urged the court
to admit her to bail in the most liberal terms. Balogun
objected the bail on the ground of the severity of the
complainant’s injury.
“The complainant was almost stabbed in the eye by the
defendant,” he added.
In a bench ruling, Magistrate Amos granted Okafor N100,
000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case till September 9, for mention.
Source: Vanguard

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