Court jailed 28-year-old unemployed 6 months for felony
NNN: An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in Lagos sentenced a 28-year-old unemployed man, Wale Omodara, to six months in Kirikiri Correctional Centre for breaking into an apartment with intent to commit felony.
The magistrate, Mrs O.A. Akokhia, pronounced the verdict after the defendant had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of intent to commit felony and damage.
Akokhia in her ruling said that the convict should serve out his terms without an option of fine.
“You are hereby sentenced to six months’ imprisonment without an option fine.
“The sentence will serve as a deterrent to others who may want to engage in similar acts,” she said.
The magistrate advised the convict to change his ways of life after he might have completed his jail term.
The defendant, a resident of Alakuko, a Lagos suburb, who attributed his action to the handiwork of the devil, urged the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing him.
The prosecutor, Insp. Adegoke Philip, had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Feb. 23 at 4:30a.m at Alakuko.
He said that the defendant unlawfully jumped into the premises of Mr Moses Babatunde with intent to commit felony.
“The defendant scaled the fence of the complainant’s house to gain entrance into his compound.
“He also damaged four slates and one ceiling to gain access to the complainant’s bedroom.
“When the complainant sighted him, he raised an alarm, neighbours rushed to the scene and the defendant was arrested when he wanted to scale the fence to escape,”the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 308 and 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Peter Dada (NAN)
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