18th January, 2012
An Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has sentenced a housemaid, Janet Phillip, to three years and six months imprisonment for drugging his employer and stealing N6 million jewellery from her.
The accused was sentenced without an option of fine by magistrate W.B. Balogun after she pleaded guilty to the three-count charge of felony to wit administering stupefying materials on her boss to steal N6 million jewellery from her. The charge was read in the court during her arraignment.
Police investigation revealed that Janet Phillip on 14 August 2011 at 86, Oyinbo Adjarho Street, Lekki Phase One, Eti Osa council area stole her employer’s jewellery valued at N6 million after she administered sleeping substances into her tea. She thereafter escaped to give them to one Joseph alleged to be her boyfriend to sell and she received a share of N350,000 from the proceeds while her lover went with the balance.
Her employer, Mrs. Olabisi Talabi after drinking the tea became unconscious and was revived in the hospital where doctor told her that she was poisoned through tea.
In her statement to the police, Janet confessed to the crime, saying that Joseph and others, now at large, convinced her to steal her boss’ jewellery and that they would give her money to start life and forget about housemaid job.
She said: “To actualise our plan, Joseph gave me a whitish substance to put in my boss’ tea to make her sleep off and steal the jewellery. But he assured me she would not die.
After she rank the tea I prepared for her, she slept off and I ransacked her room and found the jewellery and packed them to Joseph and others who later gave me N350,000 before I was arrested by the police at a hideout.”
According to the prosecutor, ASP Raymond Odion Akhaine, the offence is punishable under Sections 516, 390 (9) and 331 of the Criminal Code Cap C 32 Vol.2 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mr. W. B. Balogun sentenced her to three years and six months jail without an option of fine.