Esohe Ighodan of Egor Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Monday January 20, sentenced a 26-year-old man, Udoh Effong, to one month in prison for stealing a laptop from his employer
Ighodan sentenced Effong, after he pleaded guilty to stealing and begged the court for leniency.
The convict was convicted and sentenced on one count charge.
According to the Magistrate, the convict was sentenced for facts and tenders of exhibits.
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The convict, however, told the court that he had work with the complainant for 10 months, adding that the complianant he paid N68,000 to balance up N132,000.
The convict, however, alleged that the complainant refused to pay him the balance, hence he carried his laptop and gave his friend to keep it for him.
He added that his friend later gave the complainant the laptop.
The complainant however denied the allegation.
The Magistrate, Ighodan, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N10,000.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Sunday Lucky, told the court that the offence was committed on Dec. 27, 2019 at upper Ekenwan , Ugbiyokho, Benin.
Lucky said that the convict stole HP laptop valued N68,000, a property of Mr Jude Akehe
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provision of sections 390(9)of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.