A 25-year-old man, Bala Hassan, was on Tuesday jailed by the Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court for stealing a generator set worth N450,000.
The man was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for the crime.
Earlier, he pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency.
The prosecution counsel, Chidi Leo, told the court that on June 23, Hassan and one other at large, conspired and stole a generator valued at N450, 000 belonging to the complainant at Badarawa Kaduna.
The defendant admitted to committing the offence during the police investigation but he couldn’t provide the generator.
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Leo said the offences contravened Sections 302 and 217 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.
The Magistrate, Mr. Ibrahim Emmanuel, while delivering the judgment, held that the defendant was being convicted and sentenced based on his plea of guilty to the offence.
“The court having found the convict guilty of the offence, in line with his plea for mercy, a first-time offender, who did not waste the time and resources of the court.
“Bala Hassan is hereby sentenced to 10 months imprisonment with an option to pay N20,000 fine, the magistrate said.
He said the judgement would serve as a deterrent to those who would want to indulge in any criminal act.
Emmanuel, however, ordered the convict to pay a compensation of N450,000 to the complainant, Mohammed Danladi.