From Smile Igbekele, Okitipupa
A vigilante, Haworabi Sunday (21years), who looted one of the houses in the neighbourhood he watched, has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the Okitipupa Chief Magistrate Court I.
He faced a 5-count charge of conspiracy, house breaking, unlawful entering, stealing and unlawful damage at two different locations.
Haworabi who initially pleaded not guilty to the offences later gave oral detail of how he committed the crime in the court.
He narrated that before the day he broke into the house he looted, while going round at night, he saw a rabbit which he chased and ran into the fenced building through an opening.
“I then scaled the fence, but could not locate the rabbit. Looking round, I discovered that there was nobody in the building and I was tempted to break into it and stole the materials recovered from me,” he narrated.
According to the charge, on June 16, 2017 between 6.00pm and 6.00am, along Oyesanmi Street, Okitipupa, Haworabi and one other person at large conspired to commit felony to wit stealing.
The offence is said to be contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
At the same time of the same day, he allegedly committed house breaking and entering which contravene Sections 411 and 412 of the same Criminal Code above.
Items stolen from the building included a Plasma television valued one hundred and fifty thousand naira (N150,000.00), six 3½ feet mattresses valued four hundred and fifty thousand naira (450,000.00) and other materials totalling one million, three hundred and eighty-six thousand naira (N1,386,000.00).
The offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the above quoted criminal code.
The building and materials stolen belong to one Mrs Ikujuni Funmilayo.
Later in the same month (June, 2017), at house number 11, Omifun Street, Okitipupa, Haworabi was alleged to have unlawfully damaged six 3½ feet mattresses belonging to Mrs Ikujuni Funmilayo by cutting them into pieces.
The offence is, according to prosecution, contrary to and punishable under Section 451 of the Criminal Code cited above.
Since he confessed to the crime, the presiding Magistrate, Banji Ayeomoni (CDR) urged the prosecutor, Zedekiah Orogbemi (Inspector) to give details of the case.
The accused person was consequently convicted, but pleaded for leniency.
He was sentenced to three years imprisonment on count one, two years on count two, two years on count three, three years on count four and three years on count five; All without option of fine but to run concurrently.