Bobrisky Appeals 6-Month Sentence

Nigerian cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, famously known as Bobrisky, has lodged an appeal contesting the recent six-month imprisonment imposed by a Federal High Court in Lagos State.

Filed by his lawyer on Monday, April 22, the appeal aims to overturn Bobrisky’s sentence. His lawyer, Bimbo Kusanu, petitions the court to replace each of the four counts of naira abuse with a fine of N50,000.

Kusanu argues that the trial court’s decision to impose the maximum sentence was unjust, especially considering Bobrisky’s lack of prior criminal convictions and his peaceful cooperation with authorities throughout the legal process.

Furthermore, Kusanu contends that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) provides avenues for lesser sentences, which the trial court overlooked. He asserts that his client’s positive antecedents and guilty plea should have been weighed in determining a more lenient punishment, suggesting that the trial court’s failure to exercise discretion has resulted in a miscarriage of justice against Bobrisky.

Additionally, Kusanu highlights Bobrisky’s prompt response to the EFCC’s invitation and argues that the severity of the sentence is disproportionate to the offense’s nature.

Bobrisky faced charges from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on four counts related to naira abuse and pleaded guilty before Justice A.O. Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos. On April 12, Justice Awogboro sentenced Bobrisky to six months imprisonment without the option of a fine, emphasizing that the judgment should deter others from similar acts of abusing and mutilating the naira.

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