A 19-year-old boy and his accomplice have been sentenced to six years in prison for the crime of stealing.

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A Magistrates Court in Oredo in Benin, Edo State, sentenced the teenager, Happy Okotie and one Kingsley Ebose, to six years each without an option of fine.

The pair were sentenced after being found guilty of a two-count charge of breaking in, entry and stealing levelled against them.‎

The offence was reportedly committed  in New Benin, Oredo Local Government Area on Thursday, August 25.

The court heard that the convicts conspired to commit the felonies broke into a store belonging to one Mrs Tessy Okpebiye on the night of that fateful day and made away with valuables.

Police prosecutor, Mr Patrick Agbonifo, listed the stolen items to include one Nokia battery, two Samsung Galaxy phones, one laptop and a cash sum of N17,000. The stolen items are reportedly valued at N235,000.

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According to Agbonifo, the offences are contrary to sections 516 and 411 of the Criminal Code, Cap 48 Vol. II, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, as applicable in Edo State.