By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
An Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo has sentenced a 40-year-old woman, Bolaji Elesho and her son, Bidemi, 24 to four years imprisonment each for burglary and theft of cartons of cigarettes and other provision items.
In his judgment, Magistrate Abiona Adebayo, sentenced the convicts to Ilesa Correctional Centre due to the magnitude of the offence committed.
Adebayo, however, ordered Bolaji to pay an option of fine of N150,000 or serve a jail term of four years, while her son, Bidemi was also ordered to pay the sum of N100,000 as fine or serve a jail term of four years.
The duo had pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of conspiracy, theft and burglary preferred against them.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Rasak Olayiwola, told the court that the convicts committed the offence on September 27, 2021 around 4:30 am, between Araromi Community, Owode Ilesa road and Oja-Oba area in Osogbo.
The prosecutor said Bidemi (Son) broke into the shop of one Nafisat Adeyeye and carted away some cigarettes and other items before he was apprehended together with his conspirator (mother) and brought to court.
“They stole four packets of cigarettes which cost N16, 000, two packets of Bohem cigarettes costing N8, 000, two cartoons of Rezler and two cartons of peak milk valued at N16, 000.
“Others items stolen include; toothpaste, two sachets of yoghurt among other items valued at N151, 000.”
The prosecutor said the son stole the cartons of cigarettes and other items from the complainant’s shop at Oja-Oba area and took them to his mother at Owode Ilesa area.
He said that upon receiving the items from her son, vigilance security outfit sighted Bidemi and Bolaji and were questioned before they admitted stealing the items.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed contravened Sections 516, 413, 390 (9) and 430 of the criminal code Cap 34 vol. 11 laws of Osun, 2002.
The convicts had no legal representatives when their case was called.