A 40-year-old man by the name Blessing Obazuwa is to spend the next 18 months in prison custody for stealing a 500 KVA stabiliser valued at N35,000.
Obazuwa who was recently released from prison after serving a two-year jail term for a similar offence pleaded guilty to the offense.
The police prosecutor Inspector Violet Soyemi said the accused person committed the crime on June 28 of this year at the residence of one Mr David Osaghae which is located at 21, Nova Road, Ugbowo, Benin, the Edo state capital.
Soyemi told the Court that Obazuwa was armed with a knife with an intent to commit felony. The police prosecutor said he confessed to the crime when he was arrested. Inspector Soyemi added that the offence contravened sections 390(9) and 417(G) of the Criminal Code.
The Magistrate was one Mrs Esther Aimofumhe of Evboriaria Magistrate Court in Benin. Aimofumhe said it was obvious Obazuwa was not ready to change his life style.
She therefore sentenced him to six months imprisonment with an option of N50, 000 fine in count 1 and one year imprisonment in count 2 with an option of N50, 000 fine as well.