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Court sentence shoprite thief to two day community service

‎Lagos, Jan. 11, 2016 (NAN) A Surulere Chief Magistrates' Court, Lagos, on Monday sentenced a 34-year-old man, Akpan Esu-Tommy, to a two-day community service for ‎shoplifting food items and a bottle of perfume, all valued at N6,977 from a Shoprite.

The Magistrate, Mrs M. I. Dan-Oni, ordered that the two-day community service, which would last for 5 hours per day, should commence from Tuesday.
She also ruled that the items, which the convict admitted stealing be returned to the Shoprite.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Gabriel Ekundayo, had told the court that the convict committed the offence at a Shoprite at Adeniran Ogunsanya ‎Road, Surulere, Lagos at about 7:45p.m. on Dec. 14, 2015.

He said that Miss Peace Okon, a security operative with Omoje Security, attached to the said shop, arrested the convict and brought him to the police station.‎
"Okon said the security were able to arrest him through the help of the CCTV at the shop while he was about stepping out of the customer gate without the payment of the items he picked,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 285(1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Esu-Tommy, whose home address was not provided, pleaded guilty to the one count-charge of stealing. (NAN)