An Ejigbo Senior Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced a cobbler, Stephen Abiodun, to one year imprisonment with no option of fine for stealing a tithe box containing N190,000.
The Magistrate, P.E Nwaka, handed down the sentence after the accused pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.
Nwaka sentenced the accused to three months each for conspiracy and burglary, and six months for stealing, but said that they would run concurrently.
The magistrate ordered that Abiodun, 39, who resides at Egan area of Lagos, be taken to Kirikiri Prisons to serve his jail term.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Corporal Femi Adeleye, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Thursday at about 1:30pm at the Celestial Church of Christ, Parish 7, in Egan, a suburb of Lagos.
Adeleye said that the accused conspired with others at large to break into the church, located at 24, Adisat Falae Street, Egan, and stole the box containing N190,000.
According to the prosecutor, the alleged offences contravene Sections 409, 309 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.
The accused had told the court that he had earlier discovered the box when he came to the church under the guise of seeking spiritual help.
He had also pleaded with the court for leniency in the sentence.