A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo on Monday sentenced 26-year-old artisan, Adebayo Afeez, to a two-year jail term for stealing ram.
Afeez, a native of Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun local government area of Osun State was arraigned on two counts of housebreaking and stealing.
The accused, who pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against him, also told the court that he started stealing ram during last year’s Ed el Kabir festival, when he stole a ram around Oke Fia, Osogbo, without being caught.
He, however, pleaded with the court to pardon him, adding he was led into stealing because he was hungry and needed money to buy food.
Earlier, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Olayiwola Rasak, while presenting the facts of the case, told the court that on 2nd August 2019, about 5am, Afeez broke into the house of one Awawu Aminu of No.30 Ejire Avenue, Oke Fia, Osogbo, and stole her white ram valued at N80,000.
He said the complainant reported to the police that her ram was stolen, adding that upon investigation, an informant told detectives working on the case that Afeez was keeping the ram in a market, where he wanted to sell it.
Speaking further, Olayiwola said the police and the complainant went to the market, recovered the ram and arrested the accused.
Delivering judgement, Magistrate Rofiat Olayemi, said the evidence provided by the police, convinced and satisfied the court.
She said the accused was guilty of the two counts of housebreaking and stealing and subsequently sentenced him to two years imprisonment, with an option of N10,000 fine.
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