A bricklayer is being made to pay for his crimes, after he was found out to have stolen packets of maggi. (See Punishment)

Jeopardy John, a 30-year-old bricklayer has been sentenced
to three months imprisonment for stealing two packets of
Maggi cubes, by a Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja.
He was sentenced to jail on Thursday.
John, had pleaded guilty to a three-count of 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,’’ the convict pleaded.
The judge, Mr Garba Ogbede, however, sentenced John 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.
According to the judge, the punishment would have been
more severe if he had not pleaded guilty, and saved the
court the pains of a prolonged prosecution.
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 1.30am 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 investigation and
interrogation, the convict admitted to committing the
offence.
The prosecutor said the offences contravene sections 342,
347 and 288 of the Penal Code.
The convict was however unable to pay the N15,000 fine
and was taken to Kuje Prison.

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