Crime Watch

Teenager sentenced to eight months in jail for stealing gadgets

A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kaduna has convicted a teenager, Kefas Dauda, for stealing a laptop and two cellphones.

Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel sentenced Dauda to eight months imprisonment after being charged with trespass and theft.

The prosecution counsel, Chidi Leo told the court that the case was reported by the complainant on September 29 at the Barnawa police station.

Leo said Dauda went to the complainant’s house and stole his official laptop valued at N450,000. He also went to another house and stole two phones valued at N225,000.

He added that sometime in July of the same year, Dauda also trespassed into the house of one Shehu Hassan in the same community and stole his plasma television valued at N84,000.

The prosecutor said that all phones and television stolen by Dauda were sold to one Raymond now at large.

“He was caught in the community with the laptop which was returned to the owner, but the phones and television were already sold,” the prosecutor said.

According to him, the offence is punishable under Sections 98 and 217 of the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017.

The defendant who resides in the Barnawa area of Kaduna pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate gave the convict no option of fine and also ordered Dauda to either pay N237,450 as compensation to the complainant, Williams Timothy, or return the stolen phones.

He said that the judgment would serve as a deterrent to those who would want to indulge in the act.