Just over a year after he was charged for stabbing a Presidential guard and then opening fire on the official residence of the President, Nigerian national, Bethel Chimezie has opted to plead guilty to the charge of discharging a loaded firearm with intent.
He is still facing the attempted murder charge, and the trial for that charge is set to begin in March.
In Court today, the accused opted to change his not guilty plea to guilty on the discharging a firearm charge.
In keeping with sentencing guidelines, he was slapped with the maximum sentence of 15 months in jail, but time served was subtracted, leaving him with three months on the sentence. However, he will remain behind bars on the more serious charge of attempted murder.
In January 2023, he was charged with attempted murder and discharging a loaded firearm with intent.
The incident took place on the 15th December 2022.
After stabbing and relieving a Presidential guard of his weapon at the security hut at State House, the man opened fire just outside the President’s official residence, sending persons in the area running for cover.
He was eventually shot and tackled by Police Officers and Presidential guards. He spent more than three weeks hospitalised, before eventually being taken to Court to face the charges.