A 25-year-old convict, Eji Isaac, on Wednesday begged a Gudu Upper Area Court not to send him to jail because he could not steal again.
Eji told the court before his conviction that “ I cannot even steal again as the people that caught me beat me up and broke my leg.
“My lord please temper justice with mercy. God has arrested me this time.
“I will not do it again. I believe I was cursed from my village,’’ the convict pleaded.
The presiding officer, Alhaji Umar Kagarko had sentenced Eji to three months imprisonment without an option of fine for stealing two cell phones.
Kagarko sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of criminal trespass and stealing.
Kagarko held that the convict had appeared before him a number of times for committing various crimes and that the public deserved some peace.
He ordered the convict to pay N80,000 as compensation to the complainants.
The Prosecutor, Urom Otu, had told the court that Chukwu Francis and another of Lokogoma, Abuja, reported the matter at the Apo Police Station on March 23.
Otu said the convict went into the complainant’s shops, pretending to be a customer and in the process stole two cell phones valued N45,000 and N35,000 on March 7 and March 12.
He said all efforts made to recover the cell phones proved abortive because the convict had sold the phones to an unknown person for N20, 000.
Otu urged the court to award the complainants N80, 000 as compensation.
He said the offences contravened Sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code. (NAN)

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