Burglar bags 2 years jail term for stealing phones in Ekiti

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An Ekiti State High Court has sentenced one Akin Afolarin to a term
of imprisonment for the offences of Burglary and Stealing on Friday,
31st January, 2020.

The Attorney General and Honourable Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti
State, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda who led the prosecution, said the
defendant broke and entered into the dwelling house of the victim and
stole one Techno Phone and I-phone.

In the course of Investigation, the Police Special Investigation
Bureau tracked one of the phones with the help of ICT to one banker
who stated that he bought the phone from one Seun. Seun on his part
stated he bought the phone from the convict, Afolarin.

Afolarin however claimed that he bought the phone from one Mallam
Aminu but he could not produce the said Mallam Aminu either to the
police or call him as a witness in court. In the course of
investigation it was discovered that the convict was living behind the
apartment of the victim at the time the offences were committed.

The presiding judge, His Lordship Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, in the
judgment held that Afolarin’s evidence is an afterthought.

Based on the evidence of the Prosecution led by the Honourable
Attorney General, the defendant was convicted on the first count
charge which is burglary and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with an
option of fine of #50, 000. On the second count charge of Stealing
Afolarin was sentenced to 2-year imprisonment with an option of fine
of #20, 000.

Before the sentencing, the Defense Counsel, Mr Yinka Opaleke pleaded
for leniency on behalf of the Defendant. Opaleke, who pleaded that the
defendant is a first time offender, begged the court to temper justice
with mercy on the defendant.

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