This is one case that reminds us all that you can be guilty of a crime you are yet to commit if your ways are not pure.

One Stanley Chibike has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for attempt to commit theft.

This is because his evil thinking also came with criminal trespass.

Chibike, who resides at Jabi, Abuja, appeared before a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to the offences.

The prosecutor, Mr Zannan Dalhatu, told the court that one Abdullahi Usman of Utako, Abuja, reported the matter at Utako Police Station on March 17.

He said that on the same date, the convict formed criminal intention, trespassed into a compound and attempted opening the complainant’s door, but was caught by the security guard.

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Dalhatu said that during police investigation, the convict confessed to the crime he was about to commit.

The offences contravened the provisions of Sections 348 and 95 of the Penal Code but Chibike appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy and promised to be of good behaviour.

Convicting the accused, the judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadi, handed a six-month jail term to him, but with an option to pay fine of N10, 000.

Sadi said the sentence would serve as deterrent to others.

Be careful what your mind conceives, before it becomes too late.

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