An Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State on Tuesday sentenced a 35-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Segun Olufeyimi, to six months imprisonment for stealing and escape from custody.
The Magistrate, Mr Banji Ayeomoni, found the convict guilty of two-count charge of stealing and escape from police custody.
Ayeomoni, who did not give the convict an option of fine, said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other would-be offenders.
The convict, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to the charge and asked for leniency.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp Zedekiah Orogbemi, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 19, at about 4:15 a.m. at No. 45 Oluwanisola St., Okitipupa.
He said that the accused burgled the apartment of Emabire Olowofoyeku, the complainant, and stole one necklace valued at N2,500, one Itel and one Techno phone worth N18,000 and N15,000 respectively.
The prosecutor told the court that the accused escaped from police custody a day to his arraignment but was later apprehended by the police.
Orogbemi said that the offence contravened Sections 390 (9) and 135 (a), Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.