Scavenger jailed for stealing cooking pots

Collage Maker 30 Jul 2023 06 48 AM 5625

An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court in Isabo on Friday sentenced a 38-year-old man, Saheed Adisa, to one-year imprisonment for stealing cooking pots.

The defendant, who resides at No 25 Yemidire Street, Sabo area in Abeokuta pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge of stealing.

The Magistrate, Mrs V.B Williams, noted that the prosecution counsel had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, adding that the convict was guilty as charged.

She, however, sentenced Adisa to one year in prison for the first count as well as the second count respectively without the option of a fine.

She added that the sentence should run concurrently.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Lawrence Olu-Balogun told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 30 at about 4:30 pm at Japo Oke-Odo in the Adigbe area in Abeokuta.

Lawrence explained that the convict, who is a scavenger, entered into the compound of two persons and stole their pots.

He said the defendant entered into the compound of one Mr Shakirudeen Durowoju and gained entrance through the window to where the pots were kept.

He added that the convict stole the aluminium pots worth N35,000.

“The convict also entered into the house of one Mr Femi Adesoji and stole one cooking pots worth N10,000.

“He was caught by one of the complainants, Durowoju, who saw the convict around his compound and asked him what he was looking for, but he couldn’t give a satisfactory answer, which made him search the convict sack he was holding.

“On Opening the sack, the complainant Durowoju found his pots in the sack and other pots which he later confessed he stole from different houses, ”he said.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.