Court jails Benin chief for receiving stolen car

Court jails Benin chief for receiving stolen car

Friday, March 18, 2016 5:06 pm

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

An Edo State High Court on Thursday sentenced a Benin Palace chief, Chief Smart Ehiorobo, (Eholor of Benin Kingdom), to ten years imprisonment for receiving stolen vehicle.

The trial Judge however gave the convict an option of N300,000 fine.

Chief Ehiorobo who was arraigned on a three-count charge, was acquitted in two of the charges and convicted on the third count.

The Prosecution told the Court that the car, a Mercedes Benz, was robbed at gun point in May 2008, but was later recovered in the compound of Chief Eholor at Ehiorobo street, off Dumez Road, Benin City.

The convict in his defence, said he did not know that the car was stolen. He told the court that two boys who reside abroad, brought the vehicle to his house for keep and dropped the key with him on grounds that they would return subsequently to collect the car.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Stephen Omonua, held that the Prosecution witnesses who testified during the trial, proved that the convict actually received the stolen car.

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