For Increasing House Rent, 23-Year Old Man Stabs Landlord

The frustration in the land has stretched the endurance of a 23-year-old man, Martins Kenneth, to a breaking point.
He was alleged to have stabbed his landlord for his audacity to increase house rent at this critical period.
Narrating why Kennett was brought before an Apapa Magistrates Court, Lagos, on Thursday, the police said the young man beat up and stabbed his landlord with a broken bottle after he was told that his house rent has been increased.
Kenneth, a resident of Ajegunle, Lagos, is standing trial on a two-count of assault and unlawful damage.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Kokoye Olusegun, told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 18 at his residence.
Olusegun said that the accused unlawfully assaulted the complainant by beating and also stabbing him with a broken bottle on the hand.
“The complainant said the accused assaulted him because he decided to increase the house rent.
“He said that the accused, who was not happy about the increment, took a stone and damaged one of the glass doors in the house.
“The complainant said that when he confronted the accused about the damage he had done, the accused instead of apologising pushed him to the floor and started beating him.
“He said the accused also stabbed him with a broken bottle on the hand,” the prosecutor said.
Olusegun said that the case was reported to the police and the accused was arrested.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 171 and 337 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which on convict attracts three years imprisonment.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Titus Abolarinwa, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N50,000 with on surety in like sum.
Abolarinwa said the surety must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case till Sept 9 for further hearing.

Author: News Editor

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