"I Stole Phones To Offset My Wife’s Hospital Bills"

A 24-year-old shoe shiner was last Wednesday sentenced to three months imprisonment by an Abuja Magistrate’s Court sitting at Kubwa for stealing three mobile phones belonging to one Clement Elulem.

Amilu Teacher, who was convicted for house breaking and theft, told the court that he was pushed to crime when he lacked money to pay his pregnant wife’s hospital bills. He said his wife is due for delivery.

Prosecutor Sandra Oparaugo had earlier told court of how the accused broke into the complainant’s apartment and stole three phones valued at N34,000.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charges and asked the court to tamper justice with mercy.

Magistrate Rosemary Kanyip sentenced him to three months imprisonment or to pay N2,000 fine. The magistrate advised the convict to return to his village in order to find a better means of livelihood.

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