Two men sentenced to 21 years in prison for stealing phones, N20,000
Justice Lekan Ogunmoye held that the terms are to run from the day of their arrest and detention in 2012.
The judge held that the prosecution failed to prove the case of armed robbery against the accused but ruled that they were found guilty of robbery.
Adeniyi (27), Ojo (21) and one Lekan Olatunji were arrested and remanded in Ado Ekiti prisons after committing the crime but Olatunji was among the suspects who escaped during the December 31, 2014 jailbreak leaving the first two to stand trial.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Gbemiga Adaramola appeared for the State.
Chris Omokhafe appeared for the 1st accused person while Adeola Adetayo from the Legal Aid Council appeared for the 2nd accused person.
The prosecution told the court that the accused invaded a house at Ureje area of Ado Ekiti carting away cellphones and a sum of N20,000.
They were arrested at their hideout in Mugbagba area of the town.
They were first arraigned before an Ado Ekiti Magistrate’s Court before issuance of an advice from the DPP which established a case robbery against them at the State High Court.
In proving his case, the DPP called three witnesses and tendered exhibits including the statement of the accused, a knife, a cutlass, two pairs of sandals, a mask, two cell phones, two torchlights and some money.
The accused did not call any witness throughout the trial.