A 31-year-old convict, Mathew Ajayi, on Thursday begged a Karmo Grade I Area Court not to send him to jail because he will not steal again.
Ajayi pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of house breaking and stealing.
“I will not steal again. I was given a thorough beating the last time I stole the 17 bottles of beer and goat meat
“I was injured in the head.
“I suffered in their hands. I will never steal again. My lord please temper justice with mercy. God has arrested me this time.
“I will not do it again.’’
The convict pleaded.
The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, after listing to plea of Ajayi for mercy warned and discharged him to enable him go for medical treatment.
He also warned Ajayi to be of good behaviour and to desist from committing crimes after his medical treatment.
Maiwada held that Ajayi was a first-time offender and had prayed the court for mercy.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs. Ijeoma Ukagha, had told the court that one Emeka Ani of Dape Village, Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on Dec. 15.
Ijeoma said at about 4.00 a.m., Ajayi broke into the complainant’s shop and stole 17 bottles of beer and goat meat valued N15,000.
She said that Ajayi was apprehended by security men in the village.
The prosecutor told the court that all the stolen items were recovered from Ajayi.
Ijeoma said Ajayi confessed to the crime during police investigation and was taken to Gwarinpa General Hospital for treatment to save his life.
He said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 354 and 288 of the Penal Code.