Petty Thief: Court jails mechanic 3 months for stealing bag

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Useni who was arraigned on a count charge of stealing, pleaded guilty to the charge and was given N10, 000 option of fine.

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced a motor mechanic, Murtale Useni, 20, to three months imprisonment for stealing a bag.

Useni, who resides at Jayi Tipper Garage, Abuja, was arraigned on a count charge of stealing.

The convict pleaded guilty to the charge.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict N10, 000 option of fine.

Sadid said the punishment would have been more severe if he had not pleaded guilty, and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution.

He warned him against taking to crimes again.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Florence Auhioboh, told the court that on August 18, one Simon Shaapela of Behind Water Board Katampe Extension reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station.

Auhioboh told the court that on the same date at about 7 a.m. the convict criminally went into the complainant’s house without his consent.

She said that the convict broke into the complainant’s room and stole his bag containing his ATM card, clothes, electrical cable and other items.

Auhioboh said that when the convict saw the complainant coming, he jumped through the window and ran, but was apprehended and handed over to the police.

She said that during police investigation and interrogation, the convict admitted committing the offence.

The prosecuting counsel said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 287 of the Penal Code.

Following the plea of the convict, the prosecutor prayed the court to try him summarily, under Section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justices Act, 2015.



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