An Ogun state Magistrate court sitting in Isabo Abeokuta has sentenced a 27- years old man , Lekan Famuyiwa to seven years imprisonment for stealing a welding machine valued N70,000.
Famuyiwa, an ex-convict had once been sentenced to prison for committing a similar offence bothering on a two count charge of burgarly and stealing.
Unrepentant Famuyiwa broke into the shop on new year day where he carted away a wielding machine valued N70, 000.
According to the prosecutor Insp. Famuyiwa Mattew, Famuyiwa committed the offence on January 1st 2019 at about 4pm at Agbaakin Oosa village Bode -Olude, Abeokuta.
He said the defendant broke into the shop of the complainant Tobi Olatunji, in broad daylight where he stole a welding machine valued N70,000.
He added that the defendant was caught by some neighbours in the community and later handed him over to the police.
The offence contravenes section 390(9)and 413 of the criminal code vol 1 laws of Ogun state 2006.
The Presiding Magistrate,senior Magistrate Aliu Soneye ordered that Famuyiwa who pleaded guilty to the offence should serve his seven years jail term with hard labour without an option of fine.
Soneye said that it is necessary to sentence Famuyiwa so as avoid threats in the society.
“After observing that the convict in the this case has about three cases pending before this court alone with the same type of offence.
“It is therefore the humble view of this honourable court that the convict will be safer in prison custody as he will not constitute for the threat to the society due to his habitual criminal attitude.
“He is hereby sentenced as follows;four years imprisonment on count one with hard labour and three years imprisonment on count two with hard labour” he said
He noted that the time of the imprisonment starts immediately and runs consecutively.