A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti, on Wednesday sentenced a 35-year-old nursing mother, Bunmi Salau, to three weeks imprisonment for stealing a  bra, mobile phone  and  N12,000 cash.

The convict, who has an  eight-month-old baby, pleaded guilty to a  three-count  charge of unlawful entry, theft and attempt to escape from police custody.

Salau had   pleaded with the court for leniency, saying  she could not  explain the reason for her action.

The convict, who was not represented by a counsel,  also pleaded that there was  nobody to take care of her two little children.

Delivering judgment, the Magistrate, Mrs Francisca Olaiye, sentenced the mother of two to three weeks imprisonment with an option of N1,000 fine.

Olaiye also warned her to be of good behaviour.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Adeniyi Famodimu, had told the court that the accused on June 19 at about 6 pm in Oye-Ekiti  unlawfully entered the house occupied by one Imisioluwa Adetula, Toyin Ayeni and  and Rachael Fajana  without their consent and stole their property.

Some of the stolen items, according to the complainants,  included a  flashlight, one purse containing voter  card, one trouser, one mobile phone and an ATM card.

The prosecutor told the court that the convict on the  same day  jumped over  the fence of the police station after her arrest.

She was, however,  later rearrested.

He said the offence contravened Sections  383, 390 (9) and 135 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1, Cap C16,  Laws of  Ekiti, 2012.

The prosecutor  also prayed the court for the release of the recovered items to the original owners, a plea which  was granted.

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