A 22-year-old trader identified as Yusuf Musa has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment by an upper area court sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos for stealing a chicken.
The suspect was sentenced by the judge identified as Yahaya Mohammed after the suspect pleaded guilty to stealing the chicken.
While delivering his judgement, the judge gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine and further added that his verdict would serve as a deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such an act of stealing.
The prosecution counsel had earlier informed the court that the case was reported on December 15 at the Laranto Police Station by Steven Pam of Lomak St., Laranto area in Jos, who was the complainant.
The prosecutor alleged that the chickens were crying out and when the owner went out to check on them, he saw the convict and his friend now at large with the chicken in their hands.
“The owner shouted and they dropped the chicken and ran away but neighbours ran after them and caught one of them,’’ Gokwat said.
On arraignment, the accused pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 58 and 272 of Plateau State Penal Code Law.