Efforts by BEDC Electricity Plc (BEDC) at curbing the menace of vandalism on its network has again received a boost with the sentencing of one David James to three years imprisonment by a Benin Magistrate Court 6 in Egor Local Government area of Edo State.
The accused who was sentenced on a two-count charge of stealing armoured cable wires and stealing three transformer bushes spindles both valued at nearly N500,000.
The judgment was delivered by Mrs. E.A. Aghedo at Egor Magistrate Court on January 7, 2020, after the accused pleaded guilty to the charges. The offence was contained in the charge sheet No MSG/005c/2020 titled “Commissioner of Police vs. David James. The vandal is a male and is aged 26 years, while the sentence was without an option of fine.
James reportedly committed the offence on December 22, 2019, at along Upper Ekewan Road, Benin City in Egor Magisterial district, a crime punishable under Section 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Volume II Laws of Edo State.
The accused was caught by members of Bedekeme Street in Obaji off Ugbiyoko quarters who alleged during an interview conducted by a television station in Benin City that they had been thrown into darkness due to the activity of vandals at different times.