By Olabisi Salau
A man, Olamide Oyetakin, has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for armed robbery in Lagos State.
Justice Modupe Nicol-Clay, the presiding judge, sentenced Oyetakin after he changed his plea of not guilty to guilty, in an amended one-count charge of plea bargain agreement.
Prior to delivering her verdict, the judge asked the convict, if he understood the terms of the plea bargain or if he was coaxed into entering into the agreement.
After listening to Oyetakin, the judge held: “I have considered the plea of the defendant, the defendant is guilty of attempted robbery.
“The defendant understands that the Lagos State Judiciary sentencing guidelines and practice directions of 2018 are applicable.
“The court will apply its provisions in considering the sentence which the prosecution and the defence recommended in this plea bargain agreement, pursuant to Section 77 (1) of Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
She noted that the prosecution proved its case and that the defendant is hereby sentenced to 14 years imprisonment
“The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and the defendant is hereby sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.
“The sentence commences from the day the defendant was first remanded in custody,” the judge held.
The Lagos State Prosecutor, Mrs T.O. Olanrewaju-Daudu, told the court that the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice had approved and signed the plea bargain.
Olanrewaju-Daudu said Oyetakin committed the offence on January 3, 2016, at 10:00 am at Bode Thomas, Surulere area of Lagos State.
”The convict, while armed with a gun, robbed one Modinat Saheed, of a bag containing recharge cards and the sum of N80,000, and the offence contravened Section 298 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“However, Oyetakin pleaded guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody on January 8, 2016,” she said.