Court Jails Man Three Years For Stealing Phones At UCH

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan has sentenced 43-year-old Segun Akinleye to 36 months in jail for breaking into the University College Hospital ward in Ibadan to steal mobile telephones.

The charge sheet number MI/586c/2016 stated the convict was arraigned on two counts of stealing and unlawfully entering a ward at the UCH.

The prosecutor, Mr. Salewa Hammed, told the court that the accused person on February 12, 2017, at about 8pm stole a Galaxy Tab III valued at N65,000 and a Blackberry mobile telephone valued at N50,000.

The prosecutor said the stolen telephones belonged to a medical doctor, simply identified as Dr. Kalejaye.

According to Hammed, the offences contravened sections 390 and 412, Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the first count but pleaded guilty to the second charge.

The prosecutor called on three witnesses from the emergency department of the UCH to testify against the accused person. They are Dr. Kalejaye, Dr. Oluwande Olufajo and Dr. David Kolawole.

Kolawole told the court that before the accused person was eventually caught, there had been several cases of stolen telephones in the ward with some of the cases reported at the appropriate quarters.

Kolawole said that ýthe accused person was found at the emergency department of the hospital where he claimed to have come to charge his phone

Giving her judgment, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Abiola Richard, sentenced the suspect to three years and six month imprisonment with hard labour.

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