A 19-year-old unemployed woman, Ifeoluwa Adekunle, charged with stealing N60,000 at a wedding was, yesterday, arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court in Lagos.
Adekunle, a resident of Alagbado, Lagos, was said to have committed the offence on December 12, 2016, at La-Occasion Event Centre, New Oko-Oba, Agege, Lagos.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Clement Okuoimose, the defendant unlawfully entered into the wedding reception of one Mrs Adeshina Adeyanju and stole N60,000 belonging to the bride.
He told the court that the money was stolen from the bride’s bag, while she was dancing.
According to Okuoimose, the complainant was dancing with her well wishers, who were spraying money on her, while the accused, pretending to be dancing, was busy stealing her money.
He said: “The accused, who gate-crashed the wedding, was pretending to be sharing in the joy of the complainant, while stealing the money.
“The complainant’s sister noticed it and challenged the accused. Her bag was searched and N60,000 in different dominations was found.
“Another N3,000 was found on her, but the accused confessed that she stole it at another wedding before coming to the complainant’s.”
The prosecutor told the court that the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused may be jailed for three years if found guilty according to the provisions of the said section.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty and was admitted to bail by the Magistrate O. Y. Ekogbule in the sum of N40,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate adjourned the case to February 15.