First Time Offenders Sentenced To Death For Robbery

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SAN FRANCISCO, February 17, (THEWILL) – Two men, Seun Omoilodan and Gbenga Kayode, have been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery at an Ikeja High Court on Wednesday.

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, delivered the judgment after finding the duo guilty of a three-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and attempted robbery.

“The defendants are hereby convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery. On the third count of attempted robbery, the defendants are sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge ruled.

This was despite the appeal by the counsel to Omoilodan and Kayode, Mr Damola Victor, who begged the court to temper justice with mercy.

“My Lord, kindly temper justice with mercy. The defendants are first time offenders and have shown remorse for their crimes.”

According to the charge sheet, the convicts committed the offences on Nov. 2 and 9, 2011 at Ayangburen Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

The prosecution led by the Chief State Counsel, Mr Akin George, had told the court that the two men while armed with dangerous weapons robbed one Alhaji Jinadu of unspecified number of mobile phones and cash on Nov. 2, 2011.

George said that on Nov. 9, 2011 the convicts also robbed one Mr Rilwan Gbadamosi and his wife of cash and property which contravened Sections 295 (2), (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Story by David Oputah