Man, 22, jailed 5 years for stealing

An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates' Court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to five years in jail for stealing.

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He was, however, given an option of fine of N80, 000.

Ojo was convicted by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday after pleading guilty to charges of burglary and stealing.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Idowu Ayenimo, convicted the accused, saying that Ojo would spend five years in prison or would pay a fine of N80, 000.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Bankole Olasunkanmi, told court that the convict committed the offence on March 19 in Ado-Ekiti.

Olasunkanmi said that the accused broke and entered two houses in Ado-Ekiti with intent to commit felony.

He said the accused broke into the house of one Clement Omodara of Oluwatedo Community Bamigboye and the house of one Festus Bolaji of No. 15, Mercy Quarters, Ado-Ekiti.

The prosecutor said that the accused stole one Techno Y6 cell-phone, valued at N23, 000 and N4, 000 cash, belonging to Omodara.

He said the accused also stole one Zinox Laptop, valued at N180, 000, a mobile phone, valued at N6, 500 and a flask, valued N7, 000, belonging to Bolaji.

The offences are punishable under Sections 390 (9) and 413 (2) of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Vol.1 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor tendered the cell-phone, laptop and other valuables with the statement of the accused.

The accused, who had no counsel to defend him pleaded guilty.

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