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Court sentences 18-year-old boy to 9 months in jail for stealing phone

An 18-year-old student identified as Abubakar Adam has bagged nine months jail-term over the theft of a mobile phone.

An Area Court in Jos, Plateau state on Wednesday, June 21, sentenced him after he was found guilty of stealing a smartphone worth N85,000.

The Prosecutor, Ibrahim Gokwat told the court that the case was reported by the complainant, Habizu Hassan, on February 20 at the ”C” Police Divisional office in Plateau.

Gokwat claimed Adam trespassed into the complainant’s room and stole his Samsung phone valued at N85,000 and sold it to one Abdullahi Gambo for N13,000.

The presiding Judge, Shawomi Bokkos, convicted Adam after a summary trial following his guilty plea.

Bokkos, however, gave the defendant an option of N10,000 fine.

He also ordered the convict to pay N100,000 as compensation to the complainant.

He held that the judgment would serve as a deterrent to other would-be offenders.