An Akure Chief Magistrate’s Court, yesterday, sentenced a 96-year-old man, Bayode Ojo, and his son, Ade, to two months imprisonment over alleged malicious damage of crops valued at N500,000.
According to the prosecution, the convicts and others at large committed the offence at Awule village in Akure Magisterial District on December 27, 2014.
The charge sheet stated that the convicts, with another still at large, conspired together to unlawfully and maliciously damage some cocoa trees, kolanut trees, and plantain stems all valued at N500,000, property of one Chief Omodara Falade.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under Sections 516 (A)and 451 of the criminal code Cap 37, Vol 1 Laws of Ondo state of Nigeria, 2006.
While reviewing the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Jimoh Ibrahim, had tendered several evidence, including the receipt of the land.
While they were admitted as exhibits, the counsel to the convicts, Gbenga Olowolafe, urged the court to temper justice with mercy.
Olowolafe appealed to the court to consider the age of the man.
Delivering judgment, presiding Magistrate, Musa Al Yunis, convicted the two after they pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of felony to wit malicious damage.
He sentenced them to two months imprisonment on each count with an option of N20,000 fine each.
Chief Magistrate Al- Yunis also ordered the convicts to pay N270,000 to one Mrs Abosede Ijabike as compensation.