Hearing resumed yesterday at an Osun State magistrate court in the trial of 27-year-old Morufu Lateef, who allegedly stole belongings of his aged father, Pa Lateef Aremu, worth N4m.
Morufu, who was dragged to court by his visually impaired octogenarian father for allegedly breaking into his house and stealing his money, had pled not guilty to a one-count charge of stealing brought against him.
The charge sheet obtained read in part: “that you, Morufu Lateef, on 28th November, 2011 at Iwo in Iwo Magisterial District, did conspire to commit felony to wit house breaking and stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003”.
The police prosecutor, Mr. Idoko John, had further explained to the court that Morufu did break into his father’s house, knowing that he is blind, to steal Pa. Lateef’s N4m.
Inspector John posited that Morufu, by his actions, contravened Sections 411, 412 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, Pa. Lateef’s wife, Mrs. Simiat Lateef-Aremu, while standing as witness against Morufu before the presiding judge, Magistrate Olusola Aluko told the court that Morufu, her step-son, broke into her husband’s house at the wee hours of November 28, 2011, removed the keys to the blind man’s safe and carted away the said sum. She also insisted that the accused took advantage of his father’s incapacitation to wreak havoc on the fateful day.
Meanwhile, the trial judge, Magistrate Olusola Aluko, adjourned the case till October 11, 2013,for continuation of hearing.