A 35-year-old man, on Thursday, bagged six years in jail for admitting that he withdrew money from a dead man’s account.
Olawale Garuba, formerly a staff of a new generation bank, admitted that he got the sum of N477,000 from deals that totalled over N30 million.
Garuba was charged with four counts of conspiracy and nine counts of stealing before an Ikeja High Court.
He pleaded guilty to all offences which are punishable under Section 285(1), Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
While pleading for leniency, the defence counsel, Chief Olanrewaji Ajanaku, told the court that the accused has a young family comprising his wife, aged 27, and two children aged one and three years respectively.
He added that the dependants of the accused would be deprived of fatherly love if he was sent to jail.
“The accused had learnt his lesson and is now a changed person,” Ajanaku told the court.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye noted that the pleas of the defence were noted; nevertheless she had to jail the accused to serve as deterrent to others.
The judge berated the accused for ingratitude and dishonesty. “Many graduates are on the streets without a job but you have one and instead of being thankful for having the job, you busied yourself stealing customers’ hard earned money,” the judge averred.
However, the jail terms will run concurrently. The accused has been in custody since July 24, 2015.