The Police yesterday [May 11] arraigned a student, Juliet Mathew, 22, in an Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly stealing three phones, belonging to her boyfriend, valued at N90,000, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mathew, who resides at No. 22, Pipeline St., Iyana-Odo in Igando, near Lagos, is being tried for stealing. The Prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that Mathew committed the offences on April 1 at No. 2, Ilare Close, Mafoluku, Oshodi. Olatunde said that the phones belonged to one Moses Ogundeyi.
“The accused stole one blackberry Q5 valued at N25,000, a Samsung X3 worth N45,000, a nokia valued at N5,000 and one Spetranet browsing valued at 15,000.’’
Olatunde said the accused, who came to pass the night in Ogundeyi’s house, went away with the items.
“The accused came to sleep over in the complainant’s house and the following morning when the complainant went to take his bath, the accused picked his phones and ran away”. “She was later arrested after a month of her disappearing with the phones.’’
He said the accused confessed that she stole the items because she needed money urgently and that her boyfriend refused to give her. “The accused admitted stealing those items, she claimed she sold all the items at the computer village to one Chimezie for N25, 000,’’ the prosecutor added.
The offence, Olatunde said, contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Section 285 prescribes a three-year jail term as penalty for offenders.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the offence and was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum. The Magistrate, Mr Akeem Fashola, adjourned the case till June 9 for mention.