The Osogbo Senior Magistrates Court on Wednesday sentenced 25-year-old Fatai Samotu to two years imprisonment for stealing yoghurt, valued at N350 [US $2.15]. Samotu, who was dragged before the court was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to charges of stealing and unlawful entry.
The offences, the Police Prosecutor, Mr. Joshua Oladoye, said were committed on November 20 at Omo-West and Balogun areas of Osogbo, where Samotu stole the yoghurt and two telephone handsets.
â€œSamotu entered the house of one Kabiru Anibaba through the window with the aid of a long stick and took away one yoghurt valued at N350 and one GSM handset valued N4,500. He proceeded into the house of one Adebayo Adeyeye using the same trick and stole another GSM handset valued N3,500. The offences are punishable under Sections 412 and 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol 11, Laws of Osun 2003, the police officer informed the court.
The Counsel to the convict, Mr. Amechi Ugwu, pleaded for leniency on behalf of his client before Senior Magistrate Olusola Aluko, convicted and sentenced Samotu to two years imprisonment, on each of the three count-charge.
The court, however, gave the convict an option of N15,000 fine [US $92.34]. Aluko said, ‘The convict is, however, given an option of N5, 000 on each of the three charges, sentence is concurrent while the fine is cumulative.’