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Man bags 3 months for stealing, blames hunger

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

From Charity Ogechi Ugwu, Enugu

An Enugu State Magistrate Court presided over by His Lordship of Hon. J.O Umezuluike Esq has sentenced a man, Aliyu Misa Buno to three months imprisonment for stealing.

The judgment was in contravention of section 353 (L) of the Criminal Code CAP 30 Vol II of the revised Laws of Enugu State.

According to the prosecutor, Sergent Ruben Ihejiobi, “The accused was arrested after he has removed all the electrical wires used in fixing light in the house and packed them in a bag. After he was arrested, he was taken to the police station where he made a confessional statement, admitting to the offence. He was charged to court after investigations,” he said.

The suspect, Aliyu however pleaded guilty to the charge, adding that on the said day, he was looking for tiling jobs, and on getting into the compound, he saw some electrical wires in a bag and decided to take some of them to sell and buy food to eat.

He said he worked as a tiller before and the person he worked with has been owing him for months thereby starving him since then.

“On that day, I was looking for work, when I entered the house. I saw cable wires inside a black bag at the compound. I didn’t take everything as I just picked some from the bag so I could sell and use and buy food to eat. The person I worked for, for three months now has not paid me and getting food to eat since then has become a problem for me,” he said.

The defendant's counsel pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy and reduce the term, since the accused has never been caught doing so in the past. He also told the court the accused is a married man with responsibilities.

The magistrate after due considerations, said that those who are looting funds from the public's treasury are walking around free while average citizens, get thrown into the prisons.

He therefore, reduced the term to three months imprisonment as against 14 years on the basis that the accused pleaded guilty and keeping him behind bars for 14 years will be nothing but wickedness.

He also advised those intending to go into public service, to serve with utmost respect to the needs of people.

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