An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Fatunmbi Akeem, to four years imprisonment for burglary and stealing.

Akeem, who lives at 33, Iyana Grammar School, Ogunmakin, Owode in Ogun, was charged with burglary, stealing and escape from lawful custody.

The Magistrate, Mr Babajide Ilo, sentenced Akeem to four years on each of the three counts, with no option of fine.

However, Ilo said the sentence would run concurrently.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Famous Edigbue, had told the court that the convict, with others at large, committed the crime on June 15, at about 11 p.m. at Osiele area of Abeokuta.

Edigbue said that Akeem stole some items and damaged properties worth N250,000 belonging to four persons.

“He broke into the shop of Mr Saheed Salami, through the ceiling which he damaged and stole wines, sweets, Tiger brand batteries and other goods worth N16,000.

“He also stole welding machine, grinding machine, electric cable, all valued at N50,000.

“At the same time, he stole two Turkeys and a fowl valued at N20,000 from one Mr Aderonju Olaniyi,” he told the court.

The prosecutor added that on May 23, at about 4.30 a.m. at Erunwon, Abeokuta, the accused also stole a Bajaj motorcycle with registration number SGM 504 WU valued at N130,000, property of one Adewale Adeogun.

He said that the accused was arrested and that while in police custody at Oke Itoku Divisional Headquarters in Abeokuta, he tried to escape from the cell and was caught.

Edigbue said that the offences contravened sections 411, 390 (9) and 516 of the Criminal Laws of Ogun state, 2006.

The accused pleaded guilty to the three charges against him.

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