31-Year-Old Man Jailed 30 Months for Stealing N22,400 Phone

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An Abeokuta Magistrate’s Court in Ogun, on Wednesday sentenced Rotimi Adekunle, 31, to 30 months imprisonment for stealing a phone.

Adekunle, who resides at 35, Olomore Housing Estate, Abeokuta was arraigned on March 31, 2016 on a two-count charge of stealing and unlawful possession of a blackberry phone he could not account for.

According to the prosecutor, Insp. Olakunle Shonibare, the accused committed the offence on March 29, 2016, at about 9:30 am, at Camp Junction in Abeokuta.

Shonibare said that Adekunle removed a Samsung Galaxy phone, valued at N22,400, from the bag of one Miss Balogun Lateefat, while she was waiting for cab at the junction.

He said that the accused was sighted during the act by one Mr Shakiru, a member of the Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria( RTEAN), who was on duty at the junction.

The prosecutor said that during the time of his arrest, other phones and the Samsung phone were found on him.

He further alleged that the convict had been stealing phones at the same junction.

“On March 30, 2016, the accused was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option N20,000.

“The next day, being March 31, 2016, the accused was again arraigned over Balogun lateefat’s phone,” he said.

Shonibare said that the offence contravened Sections 383, 390 and 436 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The presiding magistrate, Mr Idowu Olayinka, in his judgment, said that the accused was an ex-convict arraigned over the same offence of stealing.

“With the evidence tendered in court, the prosecution has proved its case and the accused has been found guilty of the charges against him,” he said.

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He, therefore, sentenced Adekunle to two years imprisonment for the first count charge, and six months for the second count charge.

The sentences are to run concurrently and without option of fine, he declared. (NAN)

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