Court Jails Father, Son For Producing, Peddling Illicit Gin

BY ITEVEH EKPOKPOBE
A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, has convicted two persons, a father and son, for illegal production, possession and storage of (ethanol) illicit gin.
According to evidence, the convicts, one Mr. Jonathan Uti (29) and Mr. Isaac Uti (60) of Ogume, Ndokwa West Local Government of Delta State, laced their products with formalin, a chemical used for embalmment and it was also established that their products were lethal as they possessed 74 per cent alcohol volume, in a case instituted by NAFDAC.
Justice A.O. Faji, in his verdict, found Mr. Jonathan Uti guilty of three out of five count charges against him and sentenced him to five years imprisonment each on the first two counts, to run concurrently and 18 months for the fifth count without fine.
The judge, in his verdict, also found Mr. Isaac Uti guilty of three out of five count charges against him and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment each for the first two counts, to run concurrently and 18 months for the fifth count with a N200, 000 fine.
Justice Faji that said the offences posed high risk to the health of consumers, adding that it was even more inhuman that the convicts stood to gain financially from the venture.
He stated that the business was apparently a family thing, even as he stressed that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others, who might be nursing the intent to go into such business.
Addressing newsmen after the court session, the Prosecuting Counsel, Barr. Adumen Jombo, described the case as interesting, considering the rigours of securing evidence and witnesses from as far as Lagos.
He described the judgement as good, even as he commended the judge for giving critical consideration to certain factors in the case.

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