A Makurdi Chief Magistrate court on Wednesday sentenced Francis Nyiongu, a 19-year old driver to six months in prison for stealing car stereo.

Nyiongu of No 2, Gombe, Street, Wadata, Makurdi, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Mr Isaac Ajim for theft.

The Prosecutor Cpl. Samuel Okereke told the court that Haleru Musa attached to Operation Zenda State Headquarters, Makurdi reported at ‘A’ Division Police Station on May 3 that his Toyota Camry car was forced open.

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Musa told the police that when he checked the interior of the car, he discovered that the stereo and its remote control valued at N3, 300 had been stolen.

He said that when he inquired from the people residing around the place the car was parked, they informed him that Nyiongu was the person that forced the door open.

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The prosecutor told the court that when the convict was arrested, the stereo and the remote control were recovered from him.

He said that the crime is punishable under section 288 of the penal code laws of Benue, 2004.

When the charge was read to him, Nyiongu pleaded guilty.

He told the court that he stole the items because he was hungry and needed money to buy food.

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The convict expressed regret for his action and pleaded for leniency, saying he was a first offender.

Sentencing the convict, Ajim said that hunger was not an excuse for him to commit crime, saying he could engage in manual labour to get money to feed himself.

He however gave the convict the option to N15, 000 fine. (NAN)

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