1st August, 2011
For allegedly stealing nine 25-litre kegs of ink print valued at N180,000, belonging to ARVEE Industries Ltd., Ota, Ogun State, a supervisor, John Timothy, 24, has been sentenced to three months imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine by an Ota Magistratesâ€™ Court presided by Alhaji Akeem Adenariwo.
In the two-count charge, the prosecutor, Inspector O. Ohiku alleged that the accused stole nine kegs of 25-litre kegs of ink print valued at N20,000 each, belonging to ARVEE Industries Ltd., Ota. The total value of the stolen items was put at N180,000.
He described the accused further as an auxiliary supervisor of the company whose duty is to supply ink to the production workers whenever there is shortage.
â€œHe used this opportunity to steal nine kegs of ink print by throwing them over the fence to the other side. He was caught by the security guard who immediately reported him to the management,â€ he added.
The accused allegedly confessed to the crime during interrogation, stressing that he was the only involved in the act and that it was his second time of stealing the companyâ€™s goods.
He told his interrogators further that in his first attempt, he stole three kegs of ink print and sold it at the rate of N2,000 per keg, adding that he had a regular customer who comes with a motorcyclist to pick the stolen kegs.
The offence contravened Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and Magistrate Adenariwo found him guilty and sentenced him to three months imprisonment with hard labour or an option of N10, 000 fine.