Plea bargain: Court jails man 16 years for stealing

Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile a Lagos High Court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square on sentenced one Saleh to 16 years’ impresonment for stealing.

News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saleh was  first arraigned on Aug. 14,  2014.

He pleaded not guilty then and was remanded.

went on trial and prosecution called some witnesses.

Saleh was re-arraigned on   after a plea bargain agreement, and pleaded  guilty.

In her judgment, Okikiolu-Ighile held that sentence was in line with Section 76 Administration of Criminal Justice of Lagos State, 2011.

“The court has ascertained from the defendant that he entered into  the plea bargain agreement on his own free volition.

“In the light of the defendant’s plea, I have taken into consideration the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and I have considered the voluntariness established by the defendant in court.

“I find the defendant guilty as charged.

“In sentencing, I have looked deeply into the plea bargain agreement, and I am satisfied that Saleh understood why he pleaded guilty.

“Having been found guilty of the charge, I hereby sentence you to 16 years’ imprisonment starting from the date of remand, which is Aug. 14, 2014,” she held.

Okikiolu-Ighile  ordered that convict should be returned to the Kirikiri Correctional Centre to his jail term.

Earlier, prosecution counsel, Mrs A. O. Odusanya, told the court  that convict committed the in March 2014 at 8:45p.m. at D3, HFP Close, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi. Lagos.

Odusanya said that said Saleh broke into the house of the complainant, Mr Uche Iwuamadi, and stole his valuables.

She listed items stolen to include six gold wristwatches, four mobile phones, one television set and four pairs of shoes

According to Odusanya, the other stolen items include a wallet containing Automated Teller Machine cards, and a 1998 model Honda Accord with registration No. LSR 197 DX.

The counsel said the convict also attempted to steal from his victim, gold trinkets and one Mitsubishi SUV marked KSF 115 BF.

Odusanya, however, noted that prosecution had entered into a plea bargain agreement with Saleh.

“We are aware that this court is not bound by the plea bargain agreement.

“In view of plea of guilt of the defendant and the plea bargain agreement, we urge the court to accept same and make it the judgment of this court,” the counsel submitted.

She noted that the contravened Section 296 of the Criminal of Lagos State, 2011.

Counsel to the defendant, Mrs J. I. Osagiede, aligned with the submission of the prosecution counsel, and urged the court to accept the plea bargain agreement. (NAN)