Lagos - An Igbosere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a goldsmith, Sikiru Adeyemi,42, to seven months imprisonment for stealing two pieces of gold necklace valued at N10 million.
The Chief Magistrate, F.O. Aigbokhaevbo, said that the convict would serve his term in prison in addition to 30 days community service without any option of fine.
The convict, who was first arraigned on May 23, 2012 on a two-count charge of malicious damage and stealing, had pleaded not guilty.
Aigbokhaevbo said that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts that Adeyemi stole the pieces of necklace.
She sentenced the goldsmith to four months imprisonment on the first count of malicious damage to property and three months for stealing which were to run concurrently.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Babatope Julius, had told the court that the goldsmith committed the offences sometime in December 2011 at Kosoko Ereko Street, Lagos Island.
The complainant, Alhaja Falilat Masha, had taken the items to the goldsmith to wash, but when she collected them it was discovered that parts of the necklaces were missing, he said.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 337 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.