Victor Uche A trans-border car snatcher, has been sentenced to two-weeks of community service in Lagos.
Victor was said to have ran away with his boss car ’ Lexus SUV with number plate, JJJ 510 GA, from Nigeria Bar Association premises of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja on March 23, 2021, three days after he was employed.
He got arrested in Abuja by men of the Anti- Vehicle Theft of the FCT command, three weeks later,though he had repainted from grey to navy blue colour and renumbered, at the time it was recovered.
Different gadget was recovered from him including ; laptop, two Samsung tablets and a mobile telephone belonging to the lawyer, identified as Austin Abhulimen, were also recovered in the car.
Victor was transferred from Abuja to Ikeja Police division where he had been detained, until May 20, 2021, when he was reported to have been tried and sentenced to two weeks of community service by a magistrate , suprised by the light sentence given to the offence victor committed ,the owner of the recovered vehicle, Mr Austin Abhulimen, said: “I was not given notice of the arraignment and trial, no notice of the charge, except to be told of the two weeks community service given as punishment to a habitual cross border and inter-state rogue.
The owner said “This is the crux of the matter is that i was not even aware that a court was in existence, as the one I knew had been on strike. No prosecutor was in attendance, neither was I invited as the complainant. could not get any reason for such a ridiculous trial and sentence for a man that stole my automobile valued at N8 million, destroyed my case files, my laptop and two Samsung tablets. This is nothing but a mockery of the judicial process.”
He further said, “ I went to the station on May 21, 2021, and met the magistrate there and i applied for the charge sheet and record of proceeding on the case, but the magistrate asked me to get the records from the Police, where the trial was made , i also went to meet the DPO who was not ready to give me a copy of the charge sheet,he said i should write an application, i wrote and submitted one to him.
I complained to him that since the charge did not cover the offences of destroying my case files and destruction of all matters and cases in my law chamber that were contained in my laptop and Samsung tablet wiped away by the suspect, it was desirable to bring fresh charges under Sections 91, 340 and 341 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State and i am so concerned about the trial and bring a hardened criminal as Victor Uche to justice because of what he had confessed and admitted before the Police at Ikeja division that he had been in the act of car stealing across the state and borders of Nigeria and that he had been taken to court on the charges in recent months.
“I strongly hate the way and manner Victor Uche was tried and sentenced to two weeks community service at Nigeria Police Station divisional headquarters, Ikeja despite the serious crime alleged and overwhelming proof. he has called on Police authorities at the Zone 2 Command, Onikan and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Hakeem Odumosu, to revisit the investigation and trial, to fish out other suspects who assisted Uche to forge a fake plate number and repainted the jeep.
the Police had reacted and said it has no fault in the judgement .