Court sentences man to two years imprisonment for mischief, theft

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Thursday sentenced one Dayesa Ayuba to two years imprisonment for mischief and theft.

Ayuba, who lives in Ijah, Kwali, FCT, pleaded guilty to two counts of mischief and theft out of the five-count charge of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, mischief, theft and intimidation preferred against him.

The Magistrate, Yusuf Ibrahim, however sentenced Ayuba to two years imprisonment for both offences without option of fine, stressing on the prevelance of such crime in the society.

Ibrahim also ordered that the convict pay N50,000 as compensation to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for vandalising electricity cable wire.

He said the punishment would send a message and also serve as a deterrent to anyone planning to trail that part in the future.

The prosecutor counsel, Abudullahi Tanko told the court that one Ayuba Yusuf of Ijah Kwali, FCT, Abuja reported the matter in Kwali police station on July 7.

Tanko said that the defendant criminally conspired with one Abudul a scavenger, now at large and trespassed to upper Ijah fada road and cut off a roll of aluminum cable wire from pole to pole with the intent to sale it.

He said that the convict also threatened to kill Yusuf (complainant) for exposing his criminal act.

The prosecutor said that during investigation the convict confessed to theft of cable and the cable was recovered from his possession.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 342, 327, 287 and 397 of the Penal Code.

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