Lorry driver remanded for running over motorcyclist

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Motorcyclist in an accident
Motorcyclist in an accident

By Dorcas Elusogbon

An Osun Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ile-Ife on Wednesday remanded a tipper lorry driver in prison for allegedly killing a motorcyclist.

The Magistrate, Mr Olalekan Ijiyode, ordered that the accused, Makinde Mutairu, 35, be remanded in prison custody pending the consideration of his bail application.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Abdullahi, told the court that the accused on Jan 13, 2018 knocked down and killed the motorcyclist at Akeredolu village near Ile-Ife.

According to him, the accused drove a Bedford lorry with registration number OYO XE 494 BDT dangerously on a public highway and without a driver’s licence.

The prosecutor explained that the accused, through reckless driving, crashed into one Simeon Okechukwu, while on a motorcycle with registration number LAGOS EKY 841 QH, resulting in death of a passenger, one Bukola Okechukwu.

Abdullahi said that the offence contravened Sections 4, 18 (1) of the Criminal Code Law of Osun, 2002.

The accused pleaded guilty to a count of manslaughter and not guilty to counts of reckless driving, without driving licence and damages.

The defence counsel, Miss Mariam Lai-Ibrahim, was asked to make written application for consideration of the bail of the accused.

The case was adjourned until Feb. 22, for hearing.

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