A Jos Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced two men and a woman to six months imprisonment each for stealing 11 live chickens from a poultry farm.
The Magistrate, Mrs Helen Danboyi, sentenced the convicts after they pleaded guilty and begged for mercy.
Danboyi said the sentence was meant to serve as deterrence to others who might want to engage in a similar act of stealing.
The magistrate, however, gave each of the convict option to pay N20, 000, fine and N18,000 as compensation to the complainant.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. Karimu Bashiru, had told the court that Samson Musa and Emmanuel Iliya stole 11 chickens from Rita Okereke’s farm and sold same to Comfort Ado.
The convicts, all residents of Ungwan Jarawa Utan Jos, were arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft and receipt of stolen property.
He said the offences contravened Sections 97, 348, 287 and 317 of Penal Code.
In another development, a Jos Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a security guard, Domman Button, to nine months’ imprisonment for negligence.
Button, a resident of Tudun Wada in Jos, as well as a security guard with Nasco Company, was charged with negligence and cause of wrongful loss of armoured cable worth N315,000.
The magistrate, Mrs Helen Danboyi, sentenced the convict to six months for negligence and another three months for causing wrongful loss.
Danboyi gave the sentence after the accused had pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.
The magistrate, however, gave the convict an option to pay N5,000 as option of fine for the offence of negligence.
He was also given another N3, 000 option of fine for causing wrongful loss and allowing an unknown person to trespass into company and cut off electric armoured cable valued at N315, 000.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Karimu Bashiru, had told the court that one Ishaku Mohammed, the Chief Security Officer of Sky Security, Jos, reported the case to the Anglo Jos Police Station.
Bashiru said that the complaint on resumption of duty had discovered that an electric armored cable had been cut off and stolen.
He alleged that on investigation, the accused confessed to have negligently allowed an unknown person to trespass into the company and cut off the cables.