An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced a septuagenarian, Godwin George, to two weeks community service for stealing beverages valued at N83,000.
The Magistrate, Mr. A.A Adesanya, handed down the sentence after 70-year-old George, a resident of No. 5, Gbobi Street, Bariga, Lagos, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing.
“You are sentenced to two weeks community service without an option of fine,” Adesanya said.
The prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, had told the court that the accused committed the offence in November 2015 at the Arena Shopping Complex in Bolade, Lagos.
He said George stole beverages that belonged to one Mrs. Bukola Omoh.
Nwosu said the accused came to the complainant’s shop pretending that he wanted to buy provisions when he committed the offence.
“The accused came and selected some items. He asked for another item which the complainant did not have and she quickly ran into the next shop to get it.
“But before the complainant could return, the accused ran away with the goods without paying for them,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the prosecutor as saying to the court.
He said the accused came again on May 13 and went to another shop to purchase some beverages.
“The accused came to buy beverages from another shop and from there, the complainant sighted and recognised him and invited the police to arrest him,” he said.