An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a commercial bus driver, Simon Monday, to three years imprisonment for stealing a bus valued at N750,000.
The Magistrate, Mrs K. K. Awoyinka, sentenced Monday after finding him guilty of stealing.
Awoyinka said the defendant was guilty as charged, and sentenced him to three years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Monday, 23, had pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing following his arraignment on May 21.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Oladejo Balogun, had told the court that the convict stole a T4 Volkswagen bus with registration number AAA 470 XR, valued at N750,000, belonging to one Mr Obasi Ikechukwu.
He said that Monday committed the offence sometime in February 2017 at Alpha Beach area, in Eti- Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Balogun said that the offence contravened Section 287 (10) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
During the review of facts, the prosecutor said that the convict had approached the complainant to release his bus to him, to enable him to use it for commercial purposes which the complainant agreed to.
Balogun said that there was an agreement between the complainant and the convict that Monday would be submitting N7,000 daily to the complainant.
“The convict also agreed to bring a guarantor, but took the bus with the promise of coming back the next day with his guarantor.
“The convict did not bring any guarantor; did not pay the daily N7,000 and after a while, stopped answering calls from the complainant.
“He even moved out of where he used to live to an unknown place.
“The bus was the complainant’s source of income, but was taken away by the convict, causing financial difficulties to the complainant,” Balogun said.
The convict, however, pleaded for leniency and asked the court to allow him to go and work to enable him to pay back the money for the bus.