Benin Magistrates’ Court 6 in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State has sentenced a 26-year-old man, David James, to three years imprisonment, for vandalising property of Benin Electricity Distribution Company.
He was not given an option of fine.
James was sentenced on a two-count charge of stealing armoured cable wires and stealing three transformer bushes spindles both valued at nearly N500,000.
The judgement was delivered by Mrs. E. A. Aghedo at Egor Magistrates’ Court after the accused pleaded guilty to the charges.
The offence is contained in the charge sheet No MSG/005c/2020 titled: Commissioner of Police vs David James.
James committed the offence on December 22, 2019 on Upper Ekewan Road, Benin, in Egor Magisterial District. The offence is punishable under Section 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 48, Volume II, Laws of Edo State.
James was caught by members of Bedekeme Street in Obaji off Ugbiyoko quarters, who told a television station in Benin that they had been thrown into darkness owing to the activities of vandals at different times.
The convict, who confessed to committing the crime, said he wanted to sell the vandalised items before he was arrested by policemen attached to Evbuotubu Division, Benin.
In a confessional statement given to the police, James, who said he was not a first time offender, said the stolen items were usually sold to dealers in scrap items and that he had been to prison on account of vandalism.
The convict also confessed to have served a jail term of one year and six months at a Benin Correctional facility over cable vandalism in 2005. He said he as a driver and a house builder.