A Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old carpenter, Matthew Stephen, to three months in prison for stealing a Point Of Sale (POS) machine after he pleaded guilty to a charge of theft.
The judge, Mohammed Marafa, also gave Stephen an option of N10,000 fine and warned him to desist from committing crime.
He also ordered Stephen to pay N43,000 to the complainant as compensation.
The prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, had earlier told the court that the matter was reported by
Fitzpatrick Nwachukwu of Odot Close, Kubwa, Abuja at Kubwa Police Station on Dec. 31, 2017.
He said Stephen trespassed into the complainant’s garden on Dec. 31, 2017 and stole the
POS and the sum of N43,000 cash.
He added that the POS machine was recovered from Stephen, an offence which contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code.
Stephen had begged the court for leniency.