Man, 36 sentence to death by hanging for armed robbery




By Joy Eze

An Abeokuta High Court on Monday sentenced a 36 year-old man, Jelili Agemo to death by hanging for armed robbery, and unlawful possession of fire arms.

Agemo,whose address was not given, was convicted on a three count charge of Conspiracy, Armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms

In his judgment, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, said the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was guilty as charged

Akinyemi, held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and, therefore, said the punishment for such offence was death.

He however sentenced the convict to death by hanging for armed robbery and 10 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of firearms adding that the 10 years punishment should be run concurrently.

“Having found that the defendant is guilty as charged,
You shall be hung by your neck until you are dead,’’ may Lord have mercy on you”Akinyemi said.

Earlier, the prosecuting Counsel Olajumoke Ogunbode, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on oct. 10 and 14, 2009 at Majekembo street off quarry road in Abeokuta.

Ogunbode, said that the convict conspired with others now at large and robbed six persons of their valuable properties.

She said the convict while armed with offensive weapons like guns entered into the house of Mrs Adeile Kemi, Mrs Adegbe Grace, Dr O.O Dipeolu, Mrs Olakunle Olubukola, one Seun Adelano and Osho Mercy, and robbed them of their Phones, laptops Jewelries money among others.

She further explained that when the convict was arrested he was found with three guns and 18 cartridges with no licence

According the counsel the offence committed contravened Section 16(b) and 1(2)a of the Robbery and firearms(special provisions) Act, Cap ROI, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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