Court sentences teenager to 5 year term in reformatory for theft


The 13-year-old will spend time in a reformatory establishment in Abeokuta

A 13-year-old boy was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to five years in a reformatory by an Abeokuta Magistrate Court over his role in housebreaking and stealing.

The minor will serve the sentence within the four walls of Borstal Home, a Federal Government Reformatory Establishment, located in Adigbe area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

The convict was arraigned at Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta, alongside other three adult suspects, and said to have committed the crime at Isale-Oja in Kuto area of the town.

During the trial, the minor confessed and admitted to have participated in the crime, while the adult suspects told the court that they were not guilty.

The charge number MA942c/2012 reads that the suspects committed “the crime between March and October 21,2012 between 2am-6am at number 84 Unity Estate, Isale-Oja, Kuto, Abeokuta”.

However, during cross examination, the teenager told the court that he was given the sum of N600 from the proceeds realised from the operation.

The prosecutor, Paul Etusi, told the court that the accused broke the fish depot, stealing Turkey valued at N336,000 said to be property of one Olumide Ayetolu.

In his judgment, the Magistrate, O.A Ayobolu, convicted the minor on the grounds that his parents did not care for his welfare.

The judge said the 13 year old convict should gain his freedom after attaining the age of 18, adding that while serving the term, the authority of the home should ensure that he learns a vocation.

The judge ordered that the three other suspects, Lekan Atanda, Ali Abass and Sakiru Bakenne, be remanded in prison till the next hearing.

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