Detainee jailed 3 years for stealing tear gas canister

Mon, Sep 5, 2022
By editor


A Dei-Dei Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Monday sentenced a 21-year-old man, Joshua Geoffrey, to  three years imprisonment for stealing a tear gas canister from a police officers cardboard.

Geoffrey, who lives in Kubwa Abuja, was charged with criminal charm and theft.

Geoffrey, had earlier pleaded guilty and in tears  begged the court for leniency.

“I am  so sorry sir, please don’t send me to prison, because I don’t have any relative here in Abuja.

“Please sir forgive me, I will not commit any offence again.”He said

The Area Court judge, Sulyman Ola in his ruling,  however sentenced Geoffrey without an option of fine.

Ola said the convict is not a first time offender and had been arraigned in the court for different offence.

The judge  warned the convict to be good citizen and of good behaviour and desist from committing crime after serving his jail term.

He said the punishment would have been stiffer if the convict had not saved the court the rigour of protracted Prosecution.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the convict was in detention inside the cell at the  Byazhin Police Station in connection to a case of mischief and cell Phone theft.

Ogada said a police officer opened the cell and brought out the convict to clean the cell and the crime office but he used that opportunity and smartly broke two cardboard in the crime office.

He said the convict broke the cardboard belonging to two police inspectors and  stole a tear gas canister, cell phone,  N5,000 cash and a pistol.

The prosecutor said all the items the convict stolen from the inspector’s cardboard were worth N73,500.

He said the convict was later tracked down and re-arrested by the police.

He said during police interrogation the convict confessed that he used the pistol to threaten and dislodged people of their property.

Ogada told the court that during police investigation some charm’s were recovered from the convict.

Ogada said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 217 and 287 of the Penal Code. (NAN)