A 23 -year – old woman, Faith Joseph, and her siblings – Nwana ( 17 ) , Chinonso ( 16 ) , and Victor ( 10 ) – have been jailed by a Chief Magistrate ’s Court sitting in Owo , the headquarters of the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State .
Faith and her brothers were arrested and arraigned following their alleged involvement in the breaking of several shops at a commercial centre opposite Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo . Goods worth over N1 m were carted away .
Some of the Stolen Items Recovered from them included ; telephone handsets of different brands, DVD players , laptops , bookshop items , electrical stabilisers , packs of bottled water and various telephone accessories .
They were arraigned at the court on 15 counts.
Some of the charges included stealing, conspiracy and intent to commit felony .
According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under various sections of the Criminal Code Cap. 37 Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006 .
They pleaded guilty to all the charges .
Their confessional statements and the stolen items recovered from them were admitted as exhibits .
Delivering his judgement , the magistrate , Mr . Sunday Adedapo, ruled that Faith should go behind bars for one year each on the 15 counts, which will run concurrently.
She was also ordered to pay a sum of N 50 ,000 as compensation to victims of the crime .
The minors – Chinonso and Nwana – were given rehabilitating sentences as they were referred to a juvenile home in Akure , pending the time their parents would pay the sum of N 100 ,000 as compensation to the victims of the crime , with an undertaking to secure their proper upbringing.
However , all the charges against 10 -year -old Victor were dismissed on the grounds of his age .
But the court ordered that he should be under a probation officer for nine months for the purpose of monitoring his reformation .
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