An Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun State on the eve of Eid el-Kabir sentenced a 30-year old man, Sulaiman Awokunle to a six-month imprisonment for allegedly stealing a ram.
That was after Sulaiman had pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him by the police.
The police had dragged Awokunle to court after he was accused of stealing a ram valued at N25,000 on August 22, 2017 at about 6a.m at Onunrin’s compound in Iree, Osun state.
The police prosecutor, Elisa Olusegun informed the court that the ram belonged to a ram seller identified as Saka Idowu of Onunrin’s compound, Oke Ogi area, Iree.
Olusegun argued that the accused person committed an offence contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390(9) of the criminal code, cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State, 2003.
Awokunle pleaded guilty to the one count-charge of theft slammed on him but begged the court to show him mercy.
The Magistrate, Adenike Olowolagba, found Awokunle guilty as charged and convicted him.
But the accused’s counsel, Najite Okobe, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.
Okobe further informed the court that the accused is first time offender adding that he was preparing to celebrate Sallah with his family.