A 23 year old man, simply identified as Abubakar has been been sentenced to 18-months imprisonment by a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court at Aso Pada, Nasarawa State, on Monday for stealing a bag of cassava flakes aka garri.
The man Abubakar, who resides at Shopping Centre Mararaba, was sentenced on one-count of theft after he pleaded guilty to the crime and begged for leniency.
The prosecutor, Agabi Auta, told the court that one Anjenu John of Aku village, Mararaba, reported the matter at the ‘A’ Divisional Police Headquarters Mararaba on Aug. 25.
“The defendant went into the complainant’s shop located along Darika Jummat Mosque, Mararaba and stole a bag of garri valued at N15, 000.
The prosecutor added that the defendant had been caught as he made to leave with the bag.
He also confessed to stealing the item with a view to selling it and get money to buy other food items.
Auta said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code.
The convict said that hunger led him to crime.
“It was hunger that led me to do it, I have stayed without food for days and I needed money to buy food.
“Have mercy on me and I promise never to do it again,’’ he pleaded.
The judge, however, gave the convict N5,000 option of fine.