The man identified as Mutiu Babatunde was sentenced by the Magistrate, Mrs Adenike Adeniji, who found him guilty of the seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and unlawful conversion.
Babatunde was sentenced without an option of fine after Adeniji stated that the prosecutor proved beyoun reasonable doubt that he is guilty.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Adebari Adejoke had told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some other persons still at large in February at Ibara, Abeokuta. Adejoke said the defendant collected the N858,000 from the Complainant, Mrs Adebisi Edionseri, that he would help her buy some livestock and some plants for her farm and home.
“The defendant collected the sum of N100,000 from the complainant for 50 pieces of juvenile catfish; and N660,000 for 3,000 pieces of day-old chick.
“Also collected N90,000 to assist the complainant in purchasing and plant flowers in her residence and N8,000 for vegetable seeds, which he failed to do,’’ the prosecutor alleged.
Adejoke said that the defendant converted the money to his personnel use and refused to either refund the complainant or deliver the goods.