Man jailed for stealing phones
By Sade Adewale
A 30-year-old man, Bello Mohammed, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by an Oka Magistrates’ Court in Ondo for stealing N157,300.
Mohammed, who pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him, was said to have committed the offence on August 4, 2018 at 2 a.m. at Christ Apostolic Church mission house, Oke-Isegun, Ondo.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Adebuji Abiodun, explained to the court that Mohammed burgled the houses of the complainants; Pastor Emmanuel Taiwo and one Mrs Caroline Arokoju, and stole their phones woth N157,000, while they were at the vigil.
Abiodun said one of the phones stolen by the convict was tracked, while one was retrieved from him.
According to the prosecution, he further said that the convict was unable to produce the seller of the phones as he claimed that he was a buyer.
The offence contravened section 383 and punishable under sections 516 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
Based on the guilty plea, the defence counsel, Mr Tomiwa Akinnugba, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing her client, saying he a first offender.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Damilola Sekoni, however, sentenced the convict to three years in prison with an option of fine.