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Blackberry phone thief bags 3-month community service

Lagos —  A 20-year-old Samuel Emmanuel, who stole a Blackberry mobile phone valued at N21,000, was, yesterday in Lagos sentenced to three months community service.

An Oshodi Magistrates’ court which handed down the judgment said the court had no option than to sentence Emmanuel since he had pleaded guilty to the offence.

The Magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, ruled: “You (Emmanuel) are hereby sentenced to three months community service without an option of fine since you have pleaded guilty to the charge.”

Fashola said the accused should serve the punishment within Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offence on August 9 at Odalume Street, Sogunle.

According to him, the accused stole the phone belonging to Dolapo Audu, where he was charging it.

He said: “Audu was charging his phone at a viewing centre when the accused, who came pretending he wanted to play games, stole it.

“When the accused was arrested the following day, he confessed that he had sold the phone to someone in Ikeja Computer Village for N10,000.”

Olatunde said the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Section 285 provides three years imprisonment for stealing.

 


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