An Abeokuta, Ogun State Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 32-year-old ex-convict, Najeem Azeez, to two years imprisonment for burglary and stealing.
Azeez, whose address was not provided, had pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
However, Magistrate Oluwaseun Ayobolu held that all evidence tendered had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was guilty of the offence.
Ayobolu, thereafter, sentenced Azeez to two years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Famuyiwa Matthew, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on February 14 at about 4:55am in Temidare Sabor area of Abeokuta.
According to Matthew, the convict conspired with others now at large and broke into the house of one Sonde Monsurat through the window and stole a Techno phone valued at N34,000.
He said the convict also carted away a wrist watch valued N4,500 and cash sum of N10,000, with total value of the items as N48,500.
He explained that the convict entered into the house of the complainant when electricity supply was interrupted and while she was reading inside her room.
He said when the light was restored, the complainant suddenly noticed that her window and net were damaged and belongings were missing.
He said the convict was arrested by tracking the phone he stole from the complainant, which he had sold.
Matthew also informed the court that Azeez was a two-time ex-convict on the same offence, but still refused to change.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 516, 390(9) and 451of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun 2006.