For stealing just two packets of Maggi cubes, a 30-year-old bricklayer Jeopardy John, on Thursday sentenced to three months imprisonment by a Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja.
The accused pleaded guilty to a three-count charge bordering on criminal trespass, housebreaking and theft.
“I am sorry for the act I committed and I am pleading with the court not to send me to jail.
“It was hunger that made me to steal.
“For some time now I don’t have job, please sir forgive me, and I promise not to steal again,’’ John pleaded.
Earlier, the prosecuting counsel, Miss Vivian Oporomo, had told the court that on July 12, Eneojo John of the same address, reported the matter at the Iddo Police Station.
Oporomo told the court that the convict broke into the complainant’s shop at about 1.30 a.m and stole two packets of Maggi cubes, valued N700 and one DVD player valued N10,000.
She said that when the complainant caught the convict inside his shop with the said items, he raised an alarm.
Oporomo said that during police interrogation, the convict admitted to committing the offence.
The prosecutor said the offences contravene sections 342, 347 and 288 of the Penal Code.
The presiding judge, Mr Garba Ogbede, sentenced the accused to three months in prison but with an option of payment of N15,000 fine.
Ogbede also ordered that the recovered items be returned to the owner.
The judge remarked that the punishment would have been more severe if the accused had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of a prolonged prosecution.