An Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court has sentenced one Sani Mohammed, 29, of no fixed address to three months imprisonment for trespass, house-breaking and attempting to commit an offence.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Khadijat Mustapha, who handed down the sentence, however, gave the convict an option to pay five thousand naira fine.
Mustapha said that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other offenders of like minds as the offence of house-breaking was becoming rampart within the FCT.
The Police Prosecutor, Mr. Andrew Aichenede, told the court that the case was reported at the Lugbe Police Station by one Festus Idowu of the Federal Housing Authority, Lugbe, Abuja, on October 16.
He said that at about 10:30 a.m. on October 16, Mohammed criminally trespassed and broke into the house of Idowu through the backyard.
“Mohammed entered Idowu’s house and saw a plate of indomie and some bread that was kept on the table.
“He stole the indomie and bread and ate them.
“ He also tried taking away some valuable items from the house and was caught by one of Idowu’s neighbours who raised an alarm.
The prosecutor said that Mohammed could not give any satisfactory explanation for his action during police investigations, an offence contrary to section 348, 354 and 95 of the Penal Code.
Mohammed pleaded guilty to the allegations and begged for mercy.
“ I was hungry that was why I committed the offence.
“I am begging the court to have mercy on me and I promise not to commit such an offence again.’’