A 30-year-old laborer identified as Yusuf Muazu was ordered to sweep the court premises for three hours to steal a bowl of food and a cup of cold water by A Life Camp Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.
For unlawful trespass and theft, the police charged Muazu with no fixed address.
Nevertheless, Muazu pleaded guilty to the charges, and begged leniency from the judge.
“I plead for mercy, I want the court to forgive me. I was really hungry and I entered the woman’s’ kitchen and saw a pot of food and I fetched some and also a cup of water’.
Magistrate Sharon Tanko, in her ruling, said, being hungry does not give the convict the right to commit such offence, thus would be punished for his crime.
“The court having found the convict guilty of the offence and him being remorseful and not wasting the time of the court in admitting to his crime, is hereby ordered to engage in three hours community service.
“You are hereby ordered to pick up all the dirt’s and clean up the premises of Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for three hours under the supervision of the court registrar,’’ Tanko said.
The Magistrate, further advised Muazu to travel back to his home town in Kano or anywhere where he could be engaged meaningfully to meet his regular needs.
Earlier, ASP Prosecutor Peter Ejike, FCT Command, told the court that one of Life Camp’s Chidibere Lewechi, Abuja registered the matter on July 1 at the Life Camp Police Station.
The prosecutor argued the defendant entered the plaintiff’s compound smartly and made his way into her kitchen without her permission.
He told the court the defendant took a bowl of meat from the plaintiff’s pot with a cup of cold water.
Ejike claimed that when the defendant was about to leave the kitchen with the stolen objects, the complainant’s younger brother caught him and held him down with neighbours’ help.
He added that the defendant confessed to having committed the crime during police investigation.
The prosecutor said the crime was in contravention of Sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code Act.