A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday, sentenced a 29- year-old man, Brown Donatus to six months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone valued N20,000.
Donatus, a resident of Mpape village, Abuja, pleaded guilty to two-count charge of stealing and trespass brought against him.
The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment and warned him to desist from committing crime in the future.
Maiwada, however, gave the convict N8, 000 option of fine.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mrs Ukagha Ijeoma, told the court that on Oct. 3, one Chibuzor Okoro of Bazango Kubwa, Abuja, reported the case at the Utako Police Station.
“The complainant said that on July 7 while at the Chisco Motor Park, Utako, Donatus criminally trespassed into the park and stole his Nokia Lumia phone valued N20,000,’’ Ijeoma said.
The prosecutor said that Donatus stole the phone and ran into unknown destination, until Oct. 3, when he was seen at AMB Plaza Utako by the complainant and was arrested and handed over to the police.
He added that during police investigations, Donatus confessed to the crime, adding that all efforts made to recover the phone proved abortive.
The offence contravenes Sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code.