The absence of Magistrate Mayomi Olanipekun of an Akure Magistrates Court, on Friday 30th September, 2022, stalled the trial of a Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, RUGIPO Staff, Mrs Josephine Ajoke Akinfotire and her son, Destiny Olusegun, over alleged assault of their neighbour, Mrs Fifunmi Giwa.
It would be recalled that the matter was adjourned from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 for the calling of witnesses.
However, on Sept. 30, it was gathered that the magistrate was on leave and the case was adjourned until Dec.1.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Mr Benjamin Salami and defendant’s counsel, Mr Jimoh Saliu, had to choose convenient date after the Magistrate would have resumed from his annual leave.
The plaintiff counsel, Mr Benjamin Salami from Barrister Femi Emodamori chamber in a suit number MAK/NC/138/2022 filed on behalf of the plaintiff, Mrs Fifunmi Giwa, alleged that the defendants committed the offences on July 19 between 6:00p.m and 7:00p.m. at Ota-Esan community, Oba-Ile, Akure.
Salami alleged that Akinfotire, a civil servant and her son, Destiny, assaulted the plaintiff in her apartment during an argument.
He also alleged that the defendants damaged a sewing machine head repairable at the cost of N10,000, a sewing machine leg valued at N40,000 and one Itel phone worth N7,000.
Also damaged are one dummy head valued at N6,000, one Sayona pressing iron worth N12,000 and door handle repairable valued at N8,000, totaling N73,000 belonging to the plaintiff.
Salami in the suit asked for the sum of N300,000 from the defendants “as general damages for assaulting the plaintiff and injuring her, and N70, 000 for the cost of this action”.Assault: Absence of Magistrate stalls Owo Poly Staff, son trial