A young man, one Emmanuel Michael was Tuesday, sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour by a Chief Magistrate Court in Asaba, Delta State, for stealing gold earrings worth N25,000.
Presiding Chief Magistrate, Sylvester Ehikwe, in sentencing him stated that “he does not deserve mercy as burglary is next to armed robbery.”
Upon arraignment, the convict immediately pleaded guilty to the two-count charge preferred against him and began to weep in the dock, saying “I was hungry.”
The prosecution stated that the accused “on the February 1, 2013 at back of NTA Asaba in the Asaba Magisterial District did break into the house of one Okechukwu Uheghbu and stole a pair of gold earrings and its pendant valued at N25,000, property of Mr. and Mrs. Okechukwu Uheghbu and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 411(1) of the Criminal Code Cap C21 Vol. 1 Law of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.”