After pleading guilty to stealing two phones valued at N104,000, a 25-year-old unemployed man, Titi Seun, was on Thursday remanded in prison on the orders of an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
According to a ruling by the Magistrate, Mrs Y.O. Ekogbulu, the accused, whose residential address is unknown, is to remain behind bars in Kirikiri Prisons pending sentence at the next date of adjournment.
Prosecutor Clement Okuoimose had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Dec. 6 at Dopemu, Agege, Lagos.
He said the accused stole two phones valued at N104,000 property of Mr Samuel Ikenna, using a rope.
“The accused stole the complainant’s Samsung J7 valued at N96,000 and an itel phone worth N8,000 totalling N104,000.”
Okuoimose said the accused stole the complainant’s phones through the window.
“The complainant woke up from sleep and discovered that his two phones which he was charging had disappeared.
“He saw a long rope with nail which the accused used to remove the phones from the charger.
“The complainant called the phones several times but the accused refused to pick and he called one of the phones several days later and a lady picked it and told him that the owner was not around.
“The complainant told the lady to give him her own number in case he calls the owner’s number and it is not going through he can call her and that he has an important message for the owner of the phone,” he said.
“The lady gave the complainant her number and that led to the arrest of the accused.”
However, the accused who later confessed to the crime, attributed it to the handiwork of the devil as he pleaded for mercy.
The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which prescribes three years jail term as penalty.
The magistrate has fixed Jan. 10 for sentence.