“ I’m so sorry sir for stealing the maize, I took only three maize because I was very hungry; please forgive me.’’

Abdulkari, 20, a resident of Gidan Bola Jabi, Abuja, was sentenced for criminal trespass and theft after he pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.

The Judge, Abubakar Sadiq said that the punishment would have been severe if he had not pleaded guilty to save the court the pains of long prosecution.

Earlier, the court was told that one Alhaji Sale Ali of Jabi Behind Delta Line reported the matter to Utako Police Station on Aug. 21.

The prosecutor, Mrs. Florence Auhioboh, told the court that the convict criminally went into Ali’s farm and harvested maize without his consent.

Auhioboh said that the convict, who was apprehended and handed over to the police immediately, had in the course of interrogation, admitted committing the offence.

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