Man, 40, jailed 10 years for burglary in Ekiti
An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced a 40-year-old man, Akeem Bakare, 10 years for burglary.
Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, who convicted Bakare, held that the prosecution proved the case of burglary preferred against him beyond reasonable doubt.
While convicting Bakare and imposing a prison term of 10 years without option of fine, Justice Ogunmoye said the sentence was lenient because the convict was a first offender.
The judge ruled: “I believe that I should be lenient with the accused in that regard. He is sentenced to ten years imprisonment without an option of fine.”
According to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr. Gbemiga Adaramola, the offence was committed around December 31, 2017 at Road 6, Ifesowapo Street, Better Life area of Ado Ekiti.
The prosecution told the court that the convict unlawfully broke into the house of one Mulikat Arogunmati, an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012.
Adaramola called four witnesses and tendered cutlass, one cap, two big stones and victim’s statement to the police, among others, as exhibits to prove his case.
The convict, who was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr. Adekunle Ojo, called no witness during the trial. But he pleaded the court to temper justice with mercy, since the accused was a first offender.
Bakare was first arraigned on November 7, 2018 when the charge was read and interpreted to him, and he pleaded not guilty.
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