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Man Bags 40 Hours Community Service For Inability To Account For Phones

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday sentenced a man, Simeon Isaac, to 40 hours community service after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of five mobile phones.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.N. Ojuromi, said that Isaac should begin to serve the sentence immediately, having admitted guilt to the charge against him.

“I sentence you to do 40 hours community service under the supervision of an appointee of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice,” she said.

Isaac, a 26-year-old, who said he travelled from Port Harcourt to Lagos, had told the court he was in Lagos to sell the mobile phones.

He said that he did not have a fixed address in Lagos where he was residing and had been lodging in a hotel in Yaba area since his arrival. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Oluwagbenga Salami, told the court that Isaac said he brought seven Andriod phones, but had sold two of them before his arrest.

“Isaac claims he bought seven phones from a warehouse at Agojure, in Waterlines, an area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“He claimed he forgot the receipt in which the purchase was documented back in Port Harcourt.

“He also admitted to hawking the mobile phones during traffic in his statement to the police,” Salami said. The prosecutor told the court that the mobile phones were recovered from the convict on July 26, at Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, by Shoprite Mall in Surulere, Lagos.

“The police officer on duty there, Insp. Kunmi Okunade, arrested Isaac who could not give good account of himself and the five phones on him under interrogation,” Salami said.

The offence, according to him, contravenes Section 327 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.