An Oshodi Senior Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced an auto trader, Chukwudi Ajomiwe, to one-year imprisonment for stealing a Honda car worth N1.4 million, belonging to a deceased car dealer.
In her judgement, Senior Magistrate M.R. Osho-Adebiyi, said Chukwudi Ajomiwe was guilty of selling the late car dealer’s vehicle and converting the proceeds to his own personal use, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
In addition, the senior magistrate ordered the convict to refund to the complainant– Mrs Florence Amajo– within three months, the sum of N1.4 million, which was the valued of the car.
The sentence was without an option of fine.
Ajomiwe, who resides at 26, Seriki Abass Crescent, Ajao-Estate, Lagos, was arraigned on January 30, 2006 on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, had told the court that the convict was a sales agent for the complainant`s late husband, who was the managing director of Bundus Maja Holding Ltd.
Olatunde said the deceased car dealer, Mr. Udobundu Amajo, gave the convict three Honda 1996 model cars to sell but Ajomiwe only remitted into the deceased’s bank account the cost of two cars before the dealer died.
According to the prosecutor, the convict sold the third car and claimed that he had given the money to the deceased in cash.
The complainant, however, said there was no record of payment, adding that the convict could neither produce the duplicate receipt of the sale nor the name and address of the buyer.
According to the prosecutor, the offence, which was committed in April 2005 at Berger Auto Market, Lagos, contravened Sections 390 (6) and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State 2003.