James Egbe is 20, but he is still finding it had to get a Secondary School leaving certificate. 

He needed to register for the West African School Certificate (WASC) examination, but had no money to do so. 

After several thoughts of how to register, he decided to steal a cell phone, sell it and pay for his examination. 

A crime that has now landed him in Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja. 

On Thursday, Egbe pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of criminal intimidation and theft. 

He, however, begged the court for mercy, saying that he would not commit a crime again.

READ MORE INTERESTING STORIES FOR FREE. DOWNLOAD BOUNCE NEWS APP HERE

The Judge, Mohammed Marafa, however, convicted and sentenced Egbe to‎ four months in prison with an option of 10,000 Naira fine.

Marafa also ordered Egbe to pay the complainant, Ani Obinna, compensation of 24,000 Naira and that if he failed to do so, he would serve additional two months in prison.‎

The judge, who said there is no excuse for committing crimes, warned the convict to desist from doing so.

You must be punished to deter others, the judge said. 

The prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, had told the court that the complainant reported the matter at the Kubwa Police Station on April 3.

Oladipekun said Egbe attacked the complainant around St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Kubwa, and forcefully collected his Techno WX3 cell phone valued at 24,000 Naira on March 31.

He further said the convict sold the cell phone to one Emmanuel Omeje for 11,000 Naira.

Also Read: Only 28 Candidates Registered For Common Entrance Exam In Zamfara'

The prosecutor did not tell the court if the convict bought the exam forms. 

According to him, the offence contravened Sections 397 and 287 of the Penal Code. 

WATCH WHY PROFESSOR SAID SCHOOLS ARE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION