Applicant bags four months jail for theft of cell phone
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday sentenced a 30-year-old applicant, James Ogwuchi, to four months imprisonment for snatching a cell phone, valued at N35, 000.
The magistrate, Mrs O.I. Raji, convicted Ogwuchi as he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Raji ordered that the convict should serve the sentence with hard labour.“You are hereby sentenced to four months imprisonment with hard labour and without an option of fine,” she said.
The accused, of no fixed address, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Yomi Egunjobi, had told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 10, at Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
He said that the accused and two others still at large, snatched a mobile phone valued at N35,000, property of one Damilola Abiodun.
Egunjobi said the accused approached the complainant on the guise of asking for direction and in the process snatched her phone from him and ran away.
“The accused fraudulently stole the complainant’s cell phone.
“The complainant raised an alarm, the accused was arrested, while others escaped with the phone,” he said.
The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).