Man bags 6 months’ im­pris­on­ment for snatch­ing 2 cell phones

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

An FCT Area Court judge, Abubakar Sadiq, on Tues­day sen­tenced a driver, Bashir Lawal, to six months im­pris­on­ment for snatch­ing two cell phones.

The court con­victed Lawal, 30, af­ter he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of theft.

How­ever, the court gave him an op­tion of N10,000 fine.

Ear­lier, the pros­e­cu­tor, Dal­hatu Zan­nah, told the court that on Aug. 1, Cpl. Audu Yusuf, at­tached to Min­is­ter of Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning, Abuja, re­ported the in­ci­dent at the Utako Po­lice Sta­tion.

Zan­nah said that Yusuf re­ported the mat­ter for proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Zan­nah, the con­vict com­mit­ted the of­fence on the same date at about 4:00pm at Jabi Dam.

He said the con­vict and three oth­ers now at large, at­tacked a man at Jabi Dam and force­fully snatched his two cell phones val­ued at N45,000.

Zan­nah said the com­plainant raised an alarm which at­tracted peo­ple around and the con­vict was caught, but the three oth­ers es­caped with the phones.

The pros­e­cu­tor said that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the con­vict con­fessed to the crime.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the of­fences con­tra­vened sec­tions 79 and 287 of the pe­nal code, which at­tracts five years im­pris­on­ment with op­tion of fine or both.

The con­vict could not pay the fine and was taken to Suleja Pris­ons.(NAN)

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