A former bus conductor, Sunday Olalekan, was, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 sentenced to a term of 21 years imprisonment by a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, reports the Vanguard.
This was his punishment after being found guilty of robbing one Nkong Remi on Valentine’s Day of February 14, 2013.
The convict a 22 year old, is a resident of Papa Unity Road, Imedu-Ibafo area of Ogun State. He was arraigned by the court on a one-count charge of robbery, to which he pleaded not guilty.
Olalekan was alleged to have robbed the victim (Remi) of her handbag, phones and other valuables at Gani Fawehinmi Garden, Ojota, in the Ikeja Judicial Division,
The prosecutor, Mr. Akin George, told the court the offence was contrary to Section 294 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
During the trial, the complainant Ms. Remi, testified that she was driving an ash-coloured SUV on February 14, 2013 on her way to take her sister to a bus park around 6:15a.m., when the robbery took place.
She said the assailants also robbed her sister and fondled her before she could drive off.
She told the court: “I returned to the park around 7a.m., and was told some boys were caught and taken to Alausa Police Station.
“At the station, they asked me if I can recognise the boys and I said I can recognise the one with a swollen eye. They took me in and I recognised him (convict).”
Delivering judgment, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye held that the testimony of Remi was unshaken during cross-examination and she was able to identify the assailant (Olalekan).
“I, hereby, find you, Sunday Olalekan, guilty of the offence of robbery and sentence you to 21 years imprisonment as stated by law,” the judge ruled.