An Ondo Chief Magistrate Court, sitting in Ondo town, has sentenced a 23-year-old student, Handsome Kenneth, to three years imprisonment for stealing an infinix S4 mobile phone valued at 49,500 naira.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Benard Olagbayi, said the convict committed the offence in September, at 4 p.m. at the Akiavic Hotel area, in Ondo City.

Kenneth pleaded guilty to the charge levelled against him and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing him.

Consequently, the trial Chief Magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeniyan, sentenced the convict to 3 years imprisonment with an option of 277,400 Naira fine, due to the magnitude of the offence.

Similarly, a 22-year-old apprentice, Samuel Uzemezue, has been arraigned before an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing an electric cable and coils, worth 300,000 Naira.

The prosecutor, Inspector Nelson Akintimehin, charged Uzemezue with three counts of conspiracy and theft.

Akintimehin, told the court that the defendant with others still at large committed the offence on October 6, 2022 at about 5.00 p.m. at Arakale Road, Akure.

He added to that the defendant entered a shop and stole six coils of 2.5mm Lagos wire valued at 72,000 Naira, belonging to one Salome Anyakee.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravene Section 516, 390(9) of the Criminal Law of Ondo State, 2016.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Chief Magistrate Musa Al-Yunnus, thereafter, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of 300,000 Naira with one surety in like sum.

Al-Yunnus, has adjourned the case till November 11 for mention.

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