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Court jails mechanic three months for stealing bag

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja at the weekend sentenced a motor mechanic, Murtale Useni, to three months’ imprisonment for stealing a bag.

Useni, 20, who lives at Jayi Tipper Garage, Abuja, was arraigned on a one-count charge of stealing.

The convict pleaded guilty.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, gave the convict an option to pay N10,000 as fine.

Sadiq said the punishment was less severe because he pleaded guilty, and saved the court the pain of prolonged prosecution.

He warned him against taking to crimes again.

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

She said on the same date, about 7 am., the convict went into the complainant’s house without his consent.

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

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

The prosecutor said during  interrogation, the convict admitted committing the offence.

She said the offences contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.

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

The Nation

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