Court jails man 4 months for stealing phone

A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, sentenced a 22-year-old man, Peter Zamani, to four months in prison for stealing a cell phone valued N42,000.

The judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, however, gave Zamani an option of N14,000 fine and ordered him to also pay N50,000 compensation to the plaintiff, Kiki Samuel.

He warned Zamani to be of good behaviour and to desist from committing crime.

The police said that Zamani was convicted on a two counts of joint-act and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Fedelix Ogubwe, had told the court that the plaintiff of Bwari, Abuja, reported the matter at the Wuse Police Station on March 30.

Ogubwe said ‎while the plaintiff was waiting for the traffic light to allow him move his car at the Wuse Market, junction, Abuja, the convict and one other person at large, distracted him.

He said‎ the convict told the plaintiff that the boot of his car was open and while the plaintiff was trying to check the boot, Zamani stole his cell phone worth N42,000 and wallet, which contained N8,360.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code.‎

Zamani pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.


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