Woman Jailed 48 Hours For Contempt Of Court

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

A 25-year-old lady, Miss Bimbo Akinwumi, has been sentenced to a two-day jail term for failing to appear before the court when her case was mentioned on May 21st, 2014.

The clerk of an Osogbo Magistrate court, Osun State, southwest Nigeria had called the case of Akinwumi around 9:30am on that day but she was not in the courtroom.

The Police Prosecutor, Isiaka Ajadi, an Inspector, told the court that the accused’s absence was disrespectful to the court.

Akinwumi is standing trial for assaulting a man during a brawl that ensued between them.

The prosecutor had told the presiding Magistrate Olusola Aluko to punish Akinwumi for absenting herself from the court.

The prosecutor argued that the accused committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 133(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Volume II, laws of Osun state of Nigeria 2003.

The charge sheet obtained by our correspondent reads in part: “that you Bimbo Akinwumi on May 21 around 9:40am at Chief Magistrate Court II being an accused person with two others in a case of assault on one activist, failed to answer to your charge when the case was called for mention, which amounted to disrespect to judicial proceeding.”

The accused who appeared sober and remorseful pleaded guilty to the one count charge of contempt slammed against him and her counsel, Mrs. Nagode prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in punishing her client.

Magistrate Aluko however sentenced Akinwumi to 48 hours in Police custody but gave her an option of N1,000 fine.

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