A 23-year-old unemployed man,

The Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, ordered that the convict be locked in Ilesa prison after he pleaded guilty to a three-count-charge bordering on stealing.

Aluko said he hoped the sentence would serve as deterrent to others intending to commit such crime.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Rasaki Olayiwola, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Oct. 1 at about 10.00 a.m at Akede Iyaloja area in Oke Baale, Osogbo.

Olayiwola said the accused unlawfully seized the phone from one Mrs Oladipo Ifeoluwa without any genuine reason for his action.

“He refused to return the phone to the complainant until he was arrested by the police and bought to the court,’’ he said.

The offences contravened sections 144, 390 and 516 of the Criminal Law of Osun, 2003.

Counsel to the accused, Mrs Bose Adeyinka, had urged the court to temper justice with mercy, adding that her client was a first time offender.