A Magistrate Court in Osun State sitting in Osogbo the state capital on Monday sentenced a 35-year-old woman, Nafisat Raji, to 12 months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone valued at N15,000.
The convict who is a mother of three children was arraigned before Magistrate A. A Oloyade on a count charge bordering on stealing.
The prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the convict committed the offence on March 10 at about 11:00 p.m. at Tinumola Estate in Osogbo.
He said the convict entered the shop of Rofisat Bolaji and stole the mobile phone.
The convict was mobbed by the angry resident around the area who later handed her over to the police.
Inspector Abiodun tendered the statement of the convict and the stolen phone as an exhibit before the court.
He added that the offence is contrary to and punishable under section 390 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume 11 Laws of Osun State 2003.
The convict having no legal representation pleaded guilty to the one count charge and admitted to the facts.
She pleaded to the court for a pardon saying her last child is too young to be abandoned.
The prosecutor also informed the court that the convict has once been charged to court on the same offence.
The magistrate convicted her on the one count charge.
While delivering final judgment, she sentenced her to 12 calendar months imprisonment or pay an option of 10,000. She also ordered that the phone be returned to the complainant.
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