Tailor, 24, bags 2 months imprisonment for picking pocket

An Abuja Senior Magistrates Court on Tuesday sentenced a 24-year-old tailor, Taiye Okedeji of Utako village, Abuja to two months in prison for theft. The Presiding Magistrate, Mr Aliyu Shafa, in his judgment, however, gave the convict an option of N3, 000 fine. Shafa said the sentence would serve as deterrent to other offenders that might want to be in the same shoe with the convict.The convict, who pleaded guilty to the offence, prayed the court for mercy.
“I am very sorry for committing the offence; it was the work of the devil. I promise not to commit such offence again,” he said.
The Prosecutor, David Udeh, had earlier told the court that the case was reported to the Wuse police station by one Daniel Attah of Gidan Zakara in Nasarawa State on July 4. Udeh said, on the same day, while Attah was trying to board a vehicle at the Wuse bus stop, Okedeji picked his pocket. Citing the First Information Report (FIR), Udeh said the convict stole Attah’s LG X330 cell phone worth N8, 000 and N3, 000.
He added that during police investigation, the cell phone was recovered from the convict.
The prosecutor said that the offence against Okedeji contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code. (NAN)

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