Stone Cold Court jails banker for 39 yrs for stealing from deceased customer

The convict, after pleading "not guilty" to the charges, later admitted to them, which led to a speedy judgement by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye.

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A banker named Mr. Olawale Garuba, has been sentenced to 39 years in prison by the Lagos State High Court on Thursday, June 9, 2016, for stealing from a deceased customer.

The convict would eventually go to serve three years in prison according to reports.

In July 2015, Garuba was arraigned with some accomplices, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye, for trying to steal N30 million from the account of a dead customer.

The ploy was however discovered by the bank management, who handed him to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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On his first arraignment, Garuba was reported to have pleaded “not guilty” to the charge levelled against him.

He however made another plea on June 2, 2016, this time, admitting guilt to the crime.

This, according to Punch, led to a quick judgement of the case, as Justice Ipaye adjourned sentencing to Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

In a bid to get a mild sentencing, counsel to the accused, Abba Mohammed, pleaded with the judge to show mercy on Garuba, who has a wife and two children.

Justice Ipaye was however not moved by the appeal.  She found Garuba guilty of guilty on 13 of the 18 counts announced, and sentenced him to three years imprisonment on each count.

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