A 28-year-old man, Misbahu Haruna, was Wednesday sentenced to one month community service for criminal trespass and attempted theft by a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Sections 348 and 95 of the Penal Code Law.
Meanwhile, during the trial, the convict pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency.
He said, “I plead for mercy; this is my first time of committing crime and it was hunger that pushed me into it,”
After hearing his plea, the Chief Magistrate, Celestine Odo, sentenced him to one month of community service, saying the convict did not waste the time of the court.
Haruna was also given an option to pay a fine of N9, 000 and was cautioned to be a responsible citizen thereafter.
“You are hereby ordered to clear the bushes and clean up the premises of Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for one month, under the supervision of the court’s registrar.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, told the court that on May 16, at about 4 p.m. one Ishor Justin and the security guard attached to OAU Quarters, Wuse 11, Abuja, reported the matter at Wuse Zone 3 Police Station.
The prosecutor had alleged that the then defendant broke into an Estate on Yalinga Street, OAU Quarters Wuse 11, Abuja, by scaling over the fence with the intention to steal the residents’ property.
Ejike told the court that Haruna was arrested and he confessed to the crime during police investigation.