Grade 1 Area Court in Karu, in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja, has sentenced one Gregory Abdulmalik, 32 years, to 4 months imprisonment on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, housebreaking and theft.
However, the presiding Judge, Mr. Hassan Ishaq, gave the convict an option N10 thousand fine as he advised Abdulmalik that it was better to beg than engage in house breaking.
According to him, “Begging for money or asking for help is better than breaking into someone’s house to steal. Several times, when we go for prayers, people approach us for financial assistance and we render it to them.”
“If for instance, you are returning from a journey and all the money you have on you got lost while in transit, will you begin to rob other passengers or beg for their assistance? ‘’
He further advised that it is better for the convict to return to his village and engage in farming instead of staying in the Abuja without any reasonable means of livelihood.
Prosecutor, Francis Udofia, had told the court earlier that one Friday, Gotham of the Federal Housing Karu, reported the matter at the Karu Police Station on 13April, adding that the accused was sighted by the complainant’s security guard after he broke into his house.
Udofia added that, the accused trespassed into the complainant’s compound, broke the burglary proof in an attempt to enter the house and steal, stating that the offences are punishable under sections 348, 346 and 95 of the Penal Code.
The accused had, however, pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court to temper justice with mercy.

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