A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Jos on Thursday sentenced one Kwon Adamu to three-months imprisonment for conspiracy, criminal force and theft.
The court, however, gave the convict an option to pay N2,000 fine.
Delivering judgment, Chief Magistrate Talatu Gada said the prosecution had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the convict committed the offences.
“The prosecution has done an excellent job that convinced the court that the accused committed the offences, especially with the evidence tendered before the court.’’
Gada said the court also relied on Adamu’s confessional statement to convict him.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Ado Ali, had told the court that the convict committed the offences on Aug. 1 at about 8 p.m.
He said on August 1 at about 9 p.m., David Okonkwo of Apata area of Jos, reported to ‘A’ Division Police Station that the convict, in company of two others now at large, committed the offences by conspiring to use criminal force on him.
He alleged that the convict and his accomplices conspired to beat up their victim, stole N57,000 from his pocket and ran away. He said the convict was later arrested at a beer parlour.
The prosecution tendered the wallet of the complainant, his identity card and some money as evidence before the court, and urged the court to invoke Section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) because “the accused has pleaded guilty to the charges”.
When the case came up for hearing, the accused pleaded guilty to the charges, saying that it was hunger that pushed him into committing the offences.
The judge warned him to be of good behaviour after serving his jail term, otherwise “severe punishment will be meted out on you if you appeared before me again for a similar offence’’. (NAN)