An 18-year-old butcher, Abba Ibrahim, was Wednesday sentenced to 12 strokes of cane for stealing by an FCT Area Court in Lugbe, Abuja.
Ibrahim, who hails from Kabusa Village, Abuja, was sentenced, after pleading guilty to a three-count charge of joint act, house breaking and theft.
Prosecutor Paul Anigbo had told the court that Ndukire Okezuo and Etiaka Blessing caught the accused on Feb. 9 and handed him over to Lugbe Police Station.
Anigbo said that the accused person conspired and broke into the complainants’ house and stole two laptops, one Nokia and one
Blackberry phones valued at N265, 000.
He told the court that the accused committed the offence with one Yusuf Mohammed now at large.
He said that the convict made a confessional statement, and that the offence contravened Sections 79, 349 and 287 of the Penal Code.
Senior Judge, Gambo Garba, in his judgement therefore ordered that the accused be flogged 12 strokes of the cane. He said that the punishment would have been stiffer but for the suspect’s decision to plead guilty.
Garba warned the convict to be of good behaviour and desist from crimes. He discharged him and ordered that the recovered items be returned to the owner.