By Sodiq Lawal
An Osun State Magistrate Court Sitting in Ile Ife on Friday remanded Ezekiel Godwin, an ex-convict, 39, in Ile Ife prison custody for alleged burglary.
The accused, who admitted he was an ex- convict and pleaded guilty to one-count charge bordering on burglary, was arrested for breaking into one Solomon David’s house.
He told the court that nobody pressurised him to plead guilty to the charge brought against him, adding that he left the prison about four months ago before the present matter came up against him.
The accused person said that he had no lawyer to defend him and also had no question for the witness, who testified against him.
He said that he was not found inside but behind the complainant’s house where he was looking for a way out of the village as he was taken into the bush where he was beaten up by some suspected criminals.
The police prosecutor, Sgt Sunday Osanyitunyi, told the court that the matter was reported to the Police Station in Ile Ife by the complainant on September 3.
He said that the accused had not spent up to three months since coming out of prison before he committed the recent offence.
“I knew the accussed very well, even if he is released from this particular case, he would definitely commit another offence,,“ the prosecutor said.
In his ruling, Magistrate Ijiyode Olamilekan ordered the accused person to be remanded in Ile Ife prison.
He however adjourned the case to September 20, 2017 for further hearing.