A Sharia Court in Magajin Gari, Kaduna, on Wednesday, sentenced 48-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim, a bricklayer, to one month imprisonment for buying a stolen Techno cell phone.
The defendant, a resident of Sarki Rroad area, Nasarawa Kaduna, had pleaded guilty to purchasing the stolen property and begged for leniency.
Sentencing the convict, the Judge, Mohammed Adam-Shehu, however, gave him an option of N5,000 fine, and ordered him to also return the phone to the complainant and pay N20,000 as compensation.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Isp. Ibrahim Shu’aibu, told the court that the complainant, Mrs Achi Grace of Unguan Sule, Romi Kaduna, reported the phone theft to the police headquarters in kaduna.
“On Aug. 29, 2018, at about 10:00pm her house was broken into and a plasma television set, a sound system, an electric heater, bed sheets, three belts, a traveling bag and a Techno WX 3 phone were stolen.
“On June 9, 2019, the Techno WX 3 phone was tracked on investigation by the police and found in the possession of the defendant which led to his arrest.
“Investigation on the other items proved abortive.
“The defendant told us that he bought the phone from a driver who was stranded and needed money to fuel his car to continue his journey along Kaduna expressway bypass,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the charges contravened Section 125 of the Kaduna State Penal Code and was punishable under Section 96 (1) of the Sharia Penal Code.