Four jailed 28 years over burglary, stealing in Ekiti
By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced four men to seven years imprisonment each for stealing and burglary without option of fine.
The convicts are; Agbewo, Adeniyi Busayo and Lasisi Friday, Owoeye Ojo, for breaking into shop and stealing.
Justice Bamidele Omotoso, found the men guilty and convicted them based on their confessional statements and testimonies of the prosecution witnesses called during the trial.
The judge, however, did not find them guilty of conspiracy which there were also charged with.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mr Wale Fapohunda, said that the convicts committed the offences in August 26, 2017 at Enu Odi, Odo-Ado in Ado-Ekiti.
He added that the defendants broke into the shop of one Mrs Iyabo Ige around 2am and 5am and carted away the following items, packs of noodles, cigarettes, tins of milk and packs of batteries.
He said the offences contravened sections 413 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti, 2012.
The prosecution called three witnesses and tendered exhibits including pictures, stolen items and statements of the convicts.
Mr Yinka Opaleye who appeared for the defence, called only a witness in the course of the trial.
Opaleye pleaded for leniency praying the court to tamper justice with mercy, saying his clients were first offenders.
But Justice Omotoso held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond the reasonable doubt.
He held that the court had no option than to sentence the convicts on the strength of evidence before it.