A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, has sentenced a 23-year-old motorcyclist, Shalom Yusuf to five months imprisonment for stealing N10,000.
Yusuf of Games village Abuja had pleaded guilty to two-count charge of criminal trespass and theft.
The convict had pleaded with the court for leniency.
The Judge, Mr Aliyu Kagarko, gave the convict an option of N15,000 fine.
Kagarko warned the convict to be a good citizen and of good behaviour and desist from committing crime after serving his jail term.
He said the punishment would have been stiffer if the convict had not saved the court the rigour of protracted prosecution.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Stanley Nwaforaku told the court that the complainant, Mr Uche Uzondu of Jedo Estate Airport Abuja, arrested and brought the convict to Iddo Police Station on Aug.15.
Nwaforaku said that, on the same date at about 9:30 p.m the convict smartly entered into the complainant’s wife pharmaceutical shop and dishonestly stole her N10, 000 cash.
He told the court that in the process of escaping the convict was caught and the money was recovered from him.
The prosecutor said that during police investigation, the convict made a confessed to committing the crime.
He said that the offence contravened Sections 348 and 287 of the Penal Code.