For stealing a Sumec Fireman generator and an electrical amplifier from his church, a 23-year-old applicant, Royson Okaiche, is to spend the next six months in prison.
An Epe Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State handed down the sentence to Okaiche on Thursday.
The Magistrate, S.A. Gbajumo-Ayoku, however, gave the convict an option to pay N150,000 to the church, one Gospel Prayer Ground Church in Awoyaya, Ibeju-Lekki.
Gbajumo-Ayoku had ruled that the accused be sentenced to six months imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently from the date of judgement.
Okaiche, a resident of Awoyaya village in Ibeju-Lekki, near Lagos, was convicted on a two-count charge, bordering on breaking and entering, and theft.
He was accused of stealing a Sumec Fireman generator valued at N100,000, and an electrical amplifier valued at N50,000.
The convict who was arraigned on June 4 admitted committing the offences and begged the court to tamper justice with mercy.
Police prosecutor, Sgt. Vincent Ikwuekwe, had earlier told the court that the convict was caught with the generator and the amplifier by the residents of the house opposite the church.
He said that an angry mob was formed and had begun beating the accused before the Police intervened and rescued him.
Ikwuekwe said that the Police had recovered the stolen items.
The offences contravened Sections 287 and 311 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, revised.