A 29-year-old mechanic, Sola Emorua, has been sentenced to death by hanging over armed robbery on Thursday.
The defendant was first arraigned before Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa, on January 29, 2018, on two counts of conspiracy and armed robbery.
The presiding judge, Justice Isiaka Adeleke, in his judgment after a trial, sentenced Emorua to death stating that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
During the trial, Motolani Sokefun, the lead prosecution counsel from the Ministry of Justice, told the court that the convict and others (at large), on May 7, 2015 around 5.30pm in Osu, on the Ilesa-Akure Expressway, robbed a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of kerosene belonging to one Ismaila Azeez with weapons.
The prosecutor further explained that a few weeks after the incident, Emorua and his gang also robbed another petrol-laden tanker at the same spot.
Sokefun disclosed that a team of policemen, however, pounced on the gang and arrested two members, revealing that when the victim of the first incident was summoned, he identified Emorua as part of the gang.
While defending his client, Kehinde Aworele, who represented the convict, called three witnesses and tendered exhibits, which includes his confessional statement.
Aworele, who insisted that his client was not guilty of the crime, stated that his client was a mechanic and had come to Ilesa to repair a vehicle a day before the robbery, and was returning to Ore, Ondo State, when he was arrested by policemen.
Justice Adeleke, however, said the prosecution had proved its case beyond doubt and sentenced Emorua to death by hanging.