From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
A 26-year-old man, Mathew Damilare, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for stealing 2 trousers worth N3,500, by an Osun State Magistrates’ court, sitting in Ile-Ife.
Magistrate Muhibah Olatunji, on Thursday, sentenced Damilare on a two-count charge of felony and theft, contrary to sections 383, 390 (9) and 516 of the penal code.
The convict, who pleaded guilty to the charge, urged the magistrate to temper justice with mercy.
In her judgment, Magistrate Olatunji, held that court had taken into account the fact that the convict was a first offender.
She therefore, sentenced the convict to 6 calendar months imprisonment for theft and in the alternative, gave him an option of N15, 000 fine.
She pointed out that the sinner must not go unpunished, adding that the sentence would serve as deterrent to other offenders and the convict as well.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Olawale Odusina, told the court that the convict committed the offence on January 27, 2019, 10:30 p.m at No 25, Ibukunolu Street, Ile-Ife.
Odusina said that the convict committed felony to wit: stealing 2 pairs of trousers, valued at N3, 500, property of Taiwo Abiodun.