Me­chanic bags 5 months im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing weld­ing ma­chine

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS -

A Kado Up­per Area Court in Abuja on Thurs­day sen­tenced a 34-year-old me­chanic, David Daniel, to five months im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing a weld­ing ma­chine.

The judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, sen­tenced Daniel af­ter he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of joint act and theft.

Sadiq, how­ever, gave the con­vict, who lives in Kpama Vil­lage in Abuja, an op­tion of N5,000 fine.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Sgt. Si­mon Ibrahim, had told the court that Em­manuel Ihenazue of Du­rumi area of Abuja, lodged a re­port against the ac­cused at the Utako Po­lice Sta­tion on April 12.

Ibrahim said that the ac­cused and an­other man, who was at large, went into the com­plainant’s work­shop and stole a weld­ing ma­chine val­ued at N45,000.

He said that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the ac­cused con­fessed to have com­mit­ted the crime.

He told the court that the of­fence con­tra­vened the Pe­nal Code.

In the judge­ment, Sadiq also or­dered that the con­vict should pay N45,000 as com­pen­sa­tion to the owner of the ma­chine.

He said that the sen­tence was meant to de­ter those who might want to en­gage in steal­ing and other crim­i­nal acts. ( NAN)

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