A man known as Raji Babatunde has been given death sentence by Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti based on the reason he stole seven bottles of beer and a packet of Rothmans cigarette.
Justice Cornelius Akintayo, in a judgment that was delivered on Wednesday, found Babatunde guilty of theft as a result of axe and cutlass that were found in his possession at the scene of the robbery.
According to Punch, the judge held that the prosecution had shown that Babatunde beyond a reasonable doubt is guilty.
He, however, discharged the second accused person, whose name is Adegboye Sunday, for lack of inadequate evidence against him.
According to the charge sheet, Babatunde was part of a four-man robbery gang that went to terrorized a house at 15, Odundun Street, Okesa and 5C, Dallimore Street both in Ado-Ekiti on June 30, 2014
The offence contravened Section 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol 14 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
They robbed a man called Alhaji Mudsahiru Bello of two Nokia phones and one Techno phone and also robbed one Oladele Femi of a bottle of Star lager beer, one packet of Rothmans cigarette and six bottles of trophy lager beer.
In the course of the robbery, some policemen that were on patrol arrived at the robbery scene. Three members of the gang had escaped, but Babatunde was detained while he was trying to escape with the proceeds of the crime.
Babatunde in his interrogation with the police mentioned the name of Sunday, which led to Sunday’s arrest.
They first appeared before the High Court on February 1, 2016, when the charges were read to their hearing. They both, however, pleaded not guilty.
None of the witnesses called to give proof in the case that has linked the second accused person to the commission of the crime, this made the court had no other option than to set him free.
The prosecution called four witnesses together while submitting the exhibits, including a voluntary confessional statement, one knife, one radio set, four machetes, one face cap, bottle of Trophy beer, and broken bottle of Star beer.