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Court jails musician for stealing phone

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By Zainab Buhari

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in the FCT on Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old musician, Isaac Wilson, to one-month imprisonment for stealing phone worth N115, 000.

Wilson of Durumi 11 by Dunamis Church, Abuja, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of theft.

The Area court judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N5,000 as fine and warned him to desist from crime.

The First Information Report (FIR) stated that Azubuike Josephine of Rock of age Mall Jabi, Abuja, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station.

Prosecuting counsel, Dalhatu Zannah said that sometime in 2015 the convict entered the complainant’s supermarket in pretext to make photocopies and dishonestly stole S5 Galaxy phone valued N115, 000.

Zannah said the CCTV camera covered the convict and on Aug. 23 he dishonestly came back to the same supermarket with the intention to commit the same criminal act and was apprehended.

The prosecutor said that the convict admitted committing the offence during investigation and interrogation by the police.

Zannah said the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code.

The same court in another case presided over by Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq sentenced a 23-year-old unemployed man, Shamsu Shu’aibu, to one-month imprisonment for buying stolen goods.

The judge sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving stolen goods.

Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option to pay N10, 000 as fine and warned him to desist from committing further crimes.

Prosecutor Zannah Dalhatu had told the court that Sadiq Nura, who was arrested for criminal trespass and theft, confessed he sold some things to the defendant.

Dalhatu said Nura confessed that he and his accomplices stole an air conditioner and a size 5 cooking pot in Wuse Zone 3, during an interrogation at the Utako Police Station on Aug. 29.

“He also confessed that they sold the air conditioner and pot to Shu’aibu.

“This led to the arrest of the defendant, who admitted to buying the items despite knowing they were stolen,” Dalhatu said.

The offence contravened Section 317 of the Penal Code.