A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday, sentenced a 30-year-old wheelbarrow pusher, Musa Salisu, to one month in prison for stealing two wheelbarrow tyres.
The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N3,000 fine.
Salisu, of Berger Under-Bridge, Abuja had pleaded guilty as charged and begged the court to temper justice with mercy.
He said “I did not know what came over me. I am sorry.” The prosecutor, Ifeoma Ukahga, had told the court that the matter was reported by Williams Onyeakazi of Karmo, Abuja, at Karmo Police Station on May 15.
She said the convict, being a wheelbarrow pusher, went to Onyeakazi’s shop and pretended to rent a wheel barrow.
Ukahga said Salisu stole two wheelbarrow tyres valued at N6,000.
She added that Salisu had confessed to the crime during police investigation, the tyres were recovered from him and he begged for forgiveness.
She said the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code.