Tony Ibrahim (47) is a mechanic in Abuja but he is standing trial at a Grade 1 Area Court in Karu, Abuja for alleged criminal breach of trust and theft.

According to the prosecutor, Mamud Ismail, the matter was reported by Fred Eguedike, also of Karu, at Karu Police Station on May 14.

Ismail said the complainant had on May 14 entrusted his car, a Mazda 323, with the defendant for repairs and servicing.

He added that the complainant left 200,000 naira in the car and went away for about 30 minutes and when he returned to collect the car, he discovered that the money was not there.

The offence is contrary to sections 312 and 287 of the Penal Code.

After listening to the charges, the defendant pleaded not guilty and the matter was adjourned till July 11 for hearing.

The Judge, Hassan Ishaq, however, admitted the defendant to bail with a reliable and reasonable surety in like sum.

He said the surety must live within the jurisdiction of the court and his/her address must be verified by an officer of the court.

Ishaq added that the surety must submit their drivers’ license or national identity card with the court registrar.