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Man stands trial for stealing bread, granted N100,000 bail

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Mojisola Lawal

A baker, Chima Okoro who allegedly broke into the bakery he worked in and stole 135 loaves of bread and N80,000 in cash, on Wednesday, appeared in a Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The police charged the accused who resides at No. 4, Otua St., Ijora 7up, Lagos on two counts charge of theft, breaking and entering.

The prosecutor, Sgt Hafsat Ajibode told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 7, at 2am at Kilometre 45 Lekki/Epe Expressway, Sangotedo Lagos.

She said that the accused, an ex-employee of Daily Mama Bread Industry broke into the bakery and stole 135 loaves of bread worth N30,000; and also stole N80,000 in cash all valued at N110,000.

The prosecutor told the court that Okoro, who was laid off after a shortage of N80,000 was discovered in his sales proceeds, absconded.

“He later came back, broke into the bakery and stole 135 loaves of bread of different size from the bakery and was caught by a security guard,” she said.

The offence, she said contravened the provisions of Sections 287 and 309 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

If convicted under Section 287, the accused is liable to three years imprisonment while Section 309 (1) prescribes seven years imprisonment for anyone found guilty.

After the charges were read to him, Okoro, pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

Elias ordered that the surety must be a responsible citizen and gainfully employed.

He adjourned the case until November 27 for mention.

(NAN)

 

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