A Chief Magistrate Court in Onitsha, Anambra state, presided over by Magistrate Nkemdilim Ike, yesterday, remanded two homosexual suspects for additional nine days in prison custody in order to consider applications on the matter.
It would be recalled that the accused, Ebuka Anyasi, 23, and Michael Ikegbunam, 19, were detained in Onitsha prisons custody by the court on June 15 for allegedly committing felony by locking two male minors for seven days and having carnal knowledge of Ifechukwu Okafor and Tagbo Chukwuma.
The unnatural act lasted for seven days, while both victims were locked in confinement in Okoloji Street, Odoakpu in Onitsha, Anambra.
However, the two accused pleaded not guilty to the three count charge against them.
The Prosecutor, Clem Nwancho, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, submitted a three-page motion application as well as an affidavit opposing the plea for bail for the two accused.
The lead counsel to the plaintiff, Godwin Mmadubuko, objected to the bail application, insisting that they should be remanded prison custody to act as deterrent to others pending determination of the case.
The lead Defence Counsel, John Chukwuma, submitted a nine-paragraph motion and an affidavit praying the court to grant the two accused bail since the offence was bailable.
In her ruling, Magistrate Ike adjourned the matter to July 1 in order to study the various written applications of parties in the matter and decide whether to grant the two accused bail or not.