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Man bags 11 years imprisonment for Child Stealing

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Man bags 11 years imprisonment for Child Stealing

Man bags 11 years imprisonment for Child Stealing

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, has sentenced one Onyemachi Alor to 11 years imprisonment yesterday without an option of fine for conspiracy and child stealing.

The man identified as Alor was convicted on a two-count charge of conspiracy of committing child stealing, an offence punishable under Sections 516 and 371 of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21, Vol.1 Laws of Delta State, 2006.

The Prosecution witnesses at the hearing told the court that the accused on May 21, 2014, stole two young boys, aged five and seven, while they were playing in their housing estate, with the pretence that he was taking them for a hair cut.

“Rather than taking the boys, who usually referred to him as ‘uncle’ to the salon, he took them to Abia State, where he sold them for N700,000 and N400,000, respectively, to a woman, who kept them locked up in a room,” the witness said.

According to witnesses, the accused person and his accomplice (the woman) were later arrested and handcuffed by two police officers, who disguised as potential buyers and recovered the boys.

He said that the culprits were afterwards taken from Abia State to the Police Command in Delta State where they were charged to court.

The Chief Magistrate sentencing the accused, Justice Okonkwo Okanume held that the positive, direct and equivocal confessional statement of the accused coupled with evidence of witnesses established his guilt enough to sustain a conviction.

Justice Okanume finally sentenced the accused person to five and six years imprisonment without an option of fine in counts one and two, respectively. He lamented that child stealing was very prevalent in the society, adding that those caught in the act should be punished to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to do the same thing.

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