Monday, 5 November 2012

CYNTHIA:Lack of stamp on DPP letter stalls hearing


Lack of authorised stamp on the Director of Public Prosecutions letter of advice on the trial of the seven men accused of killing Cynthia Osokogu, stalled hearing on Monday.
Although Magistrate Olalekan Aka-Bashorun of a Yaba Magistrate’s Court was absent when the case came up, an attempt by another magistrate to hear the matter was futile as it was alleged that the DPP’s letter of advice, which had been lodged with the court was not stamped.
Aka-Bashorun was said to have gone on leave.
Cynthia was allegedly murdered in a hotel room in FESTAC area of Lagos by two Facebook friends on July 22.
Okwumo Nwabufo, Olisaeloka Ezike, Orji Osita (pharmacist), Chukwunonso Maduakor (pharmacist), and Gideon Okechukwu, had been charged with eight offences bordering on murder, rape, robbery and administering an obnoxious substance to the deceased.
They were remanded in Ikoyi Prison pending the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The two other accused, Nonso Ezike, Olisaeloka’s younger brother, and Chinonso Ezeaka had been charged with receiving and selling Cynthia’s BlackBerry phone.
However, the police had consolidated the charges and added counts of murder, rape and false pretence to Nonso and Ezeaka’s offences. The two accused were also subsequently remanded

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