His punishment would have been severe if he did not plead guilty, the judge said.

Thomas appeared before an FCT Grade 1 Area Court in Karmo on Monday where the prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, said that he stole a Blackberry phone worth N38, 000 from one Esther Nnamani of Idu Edo in Abuja.

Zannah said that Unaade stole the phone when it was being charged by the owner at 1.00p.m. on June 3 at Idu.

Mrs Nnamani plugged the phone in a Bet Naija shop near her residence.

He submitted that Unaade was caught in the act before the phone was recovered.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 288 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, then ordered that Thomas Unaade, should be given six strokes of cane for stealing the phone.

He gave the order after the sales representative pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of stealing.