“I will never steal again; I stole the drug because I had a big wound on my leg and had no money to buy drugs to treat it.

“My lord please forgive me and temper justice with mercy; I don’t know what lured me into this act, I will not do it again."

These were the words of 22-year-old, Hamisu Haruna, before a Karmo Area Court in the FCT, on Wednesday.

Haruna, who is a resident of Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II, Abuja, was charged with stealing a drug valued at N850.

He begged the court to temper justice with mercy after pleading guilty to the charges against him.

The judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, was touched by his show of remorse. How sincere he was did not matter, as he truly needed help and could have been desperate.

He discharged the defendant but warned him to be of good behaviour.

Sadiq said: “Having heard the plea of Haruna for mercy; the accused is hereby discharged, with a warning to desist from the act.”

The prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, had earlier told the court that one Abimyi Henry, a security guard attached to DBM Plaza Wuse II, reported the incident at Utako Police Station on Aug 6, 2017.

According to him, Haruna stole a sachet of Beecham Ampiculux capsule valued N850 from a pharmacy at the plaza around 2 p.m, and was immediately arrested.