BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
An Osogbo Magistrate court in Osun state on Friday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Akintunde Olatunde to 36 years jail term over multiple stealing.
The Police prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun informed the court during the hearing of the case that Olatunde and others at large committed part of the offence on or before June 10, 2016 at Omobolanle area of Osogbo.
Abiodun said the accused person broke into the shop of one Dunmoye Abideen and sole soup ingredients like pepper, tomatoes, palm oil valued N2,900.
He said the accused was said to have broken into the house of one Afolabi Temitayo and carted away his television, antenna said to value at N1,500 and a bedroom fridge.
The prosecutor noted that Olatunde, on May, 5, 2016 at Omobolanle area broke into the house of one Gabriel Oke and stole his properties like matress and other household items.
Olatunde, said to be a student of Theology School in Osogbo also broke into a church , Comfort Life Mission International, Halleluyah Estate in Osogbo on June 7, 2016 around 4am and carted away two wall fans valued N9,000.
The prosecution further informed the court that the accused burgled a chemist and stole drugs like Xasten table, one role of Cypril gold able, seven packet of gold lever oil, two boxes and one tablet.
Abiodun told the court that luck ran out on Olatunde when he was at a shop located at Rinsayo area of Osogbo on June 8, 2016 where he successfully carted away half bag of mama gold rice, 10kg size of semovita, two carton of indomie noodles, half chicken rice belonging to one Kikelomo.
He was said to have been caught by a man who raised the alarm that attracted some passersby before Olatunde was given a hot chase and apprehended.
Olatunde was beaten black and blue before being dragged to the police station. Victims of Olatunde’s stealing were said to have besieged the police station thereafter.
The prosecution said the house of Olatunde was searched and all the stolen items were found there.
Olatunde pleaded guilty to all the twelve count-charge slammed on him by the police. The accused informed the court that he gave out some of the stolen items to some of his neighbours.
He prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing him.
The presiding Magistrate, Olusola Aluko found the accused person guilty as charged and convicted him accordingly on all the twelve counts.
Aluko then sentenced Olatunde to three years imprisonment each of the 12 counts but gave him an option of fine of N2,000 for each count.
The Magistrate pointed out that the convict appeared sober and remorseful in the dock and could turn a new leaf if reformed; hence the verdict.