By Solomon Runsewe
A 22-year-old maid, Ekuyik Ebitu Warri, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for converting the sum of N1,034,400 belonging to Golden Tripod International Limited to his own.
Mr. Aladejana of an Akure Chief Magistrate Court, Oke-Eda, found Ebitu guilty of committing the offence and convicted her.
While pronouncing the sentence, Aladejana held that the prosecution had proved the offence of stealing beyond reasonable doubt.
Ekuyik Ebitu Warri, was said to have been facing different trials since November 15,2019, for running away with her boss’s money.
According to the Prosecution, the convict was said to have on October 22, 2019 at about 10:00am at New Stadium Road, Akure in the Akure Magisterial District did fraudulently converted the sum of N1,034, 400.00k, from the proceed of Golden Tripod International Limited for her use.
The offence committed was said to be contrary to section 383 and punishable under section 390 (6), of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol, Laws of the Ondo State Nigeria, 2006.
But the convict pleaded not guilty to the offence levelled against her.
The charge read in part,”That you, “Ekuyik Ebitu Warri, 22, on October 22, 2019, at about 10:00am at New Stadium Road, Akure in the Akure Magisterial District did fraudulently converted the sum of N1, 034, 400, property of Golden Tripod International Limited into your own use.
The Prosecuting Inspector, Uloh Goodluck, told the court that the accused person had been at the Olokuta Correctional Service Centre, for the past six months since the case started.
He added that the complainant was no longer coming to the court, hence he prayed for striking out of the case.
He, however,, advised the court to use its discretion in the case.
In his ruling, the magistrate sentenced the accused person to six months imprisonment, which he said should run from the day she was taken to the prison.
He, therefore, ordered the release of the accused person, since she had already spent six months at the Olokuta Correctional Service Centre.