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Court jails labourer for theft of N40,000

A Masaka Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State, on Tuesday sentenced an 18-year-old labourer, Emmanuel Clement, to 12 months imprisonment for stealing his neighbour’s N40,000.

Clement, a resident of Jeun Masaka, Nasarawa State, had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of house-breaking and theft levelled against him and begged for leniency.

The Judge, Yakubu Ishaku, sentenced Clement to six months imprisonment for house-breaking and six months imprisonment for theft.

Ishaku, however, gave him an option of N14,000 fine for the two charges.
He also ordered the convict to pay N43,000 as compensation to the nominal complainant and N10,000 being expenses incurred in the course of the prosecution.

The Prosecutor, Frank Swem, had told the court that Kareem Latiff of the same address with the convict, reported the matter at the Divisional Police Station, Masaka, on Aug. 20.

Swem said that on the same date, at about 11:30a.m., the convict broke into the complainant’s room and stole his N40,000 and a cell phone valued at N3,000.

The prosecutor said that when Clement was arrested he admitted committing the crime.

Swem said that the offences contravened Sections 353 and 287 of the Penal Code.

The Nation

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