Can a decision of Court convicting a Defendant who pleads guilty to a charge, having been deceived by the investigating Police Officer to so do, stand in Law?
20/06/2018

CAN A DECISION OF COURT CONVICTING A DEFENDANT WHO PLEADS GUILTY TO A CHARGE, HAVING BEEN DECEIVED BY THE INVESTIGATING POLICE OFFICER TO SO DO, STAND IN LAW?


Lawyers Alert has contested the decision of an Upper Area Court sitting in Zuba, Abuja convicting two men accused of having carnal intercourse against the order of nature and had consequently been arraigned in the court.

Following contacts with Lawyers Alert by the family of one of the convicts, Lawyers Alert filed an objection to the conviction. This was argued on Wednesday, the 13th day of June 2018. The court has reserved ruling on the application for the 27th day of June 2018.

UPDATES. . . .

Lawyers Alert filed an application to set aside the conviction based on jurisdiction and the fact that the suspects did not understand the ingredients of the offense to which they have pleaded guilty. In the ruling following arguments on the matter, the Judge refused the application, thereby reaffirming the conviction.

He thereafter sentenced both defendants to six months imprisonment with an option of N30, 000 (83.10 USD) fine, each. The family of one of the defendants quickly mobilized and paid for him while the other is still left to serve his prison term due to lack of resources. Lawyers Alert is putting the appeal papers together for filing along with a motion for bail pending appeal for the person currently serving the Jail term. We will continue to update you.
 
   
   
 
 
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