An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday, remanded a 67-year-old fish farmer, Jeremiah Obrifor, in prison custody for cutting off the right hand of an 11-year-old boy, Goodluck Amaechi.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs A.O. Komolafe, ordered that the farmer should be kept behind bars pending when he would be able to perfect his bail conditions.
Obrifor, who lives in the Okokomaiko area of the state with the victim, had on Friday, June 7, chopped off Amaechi’s hand with a machete for allegedly attempting to steal fish in his (Obrifor’s) pond.
The offences, according to the police, contravene sections 173, 230, 245 and 246 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.
The Chief Magistrate, Komolafe, admitted him to bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum.
Komolafe said the sureties should be gainfully employed and must be blood relations of the defendant.
She added that the sureties should show evidence of three years’ tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned till July 31, 2019.