An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State on Friday sentenced a 21-year-old man, Abeeb Magaji, to 14 years imprisonment for attempting to steal from the Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court premises in Isabo.
Magaji, whose address was not provided, pleaded guilty to the three-count charge of intent to commit felony, unlawful damage and causing breach of peace.
The Magistrate, Olajumoke Somefun, convicted Magaji following his plea of guilty to the charges.
Somefun convicted him to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on January 12 at about 10:45pm at the Magistrates’ Court in Isabo area in Abeokuta.
Shonibare said that the convict burgled the gate and entered into the court’s compound with the intent to steal.
He said the convict also unlawfully damaged the court’s 20mm cable wire connected to the generator and conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.
Shonibare added that the convict was caught by security guards.
He said when Magaji was interrogated and searched, he was found with harmful weapons such as knives and blades.
He noted that the offence contravened sections 411, 451 and 247 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun 2006.