The usually tense atmosphere in the court room softened out recently during the trial of Tunde Balogun, 21, when he interrupted the court proceedings, over ill-health and starvation. Balogun is facing two-count felony charge.
This prompted the magistrate to halt the session for some minutes to ascertain the health condition of the accused from the prosecuting officer who brought him to court. It was then revealed that it was a strategy to distract the court session.
It was further revealed by some witnesses at the hearing that a previous case of felony and assault committed by him against a young lady in February 2013, was struck out in court last Friday, and he had gone on to commit another felony the next day. According to a witness,“he is unrepentant and this has caused his father, so much pain.”
When asked reasons for misbehaviour, the accused said, “Truly, I am innocent of the charge against me. That evening, I went with one of my friends to purchase some drugs at a chemist, and suddenly we heard people shouting and running after some young men.
“In confusion, we joined them, but before I knew what was happening, they mobbed me.''