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A man who claimed to be unemployed, recognized as Pius John has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment by an area court in Jos, the Plateau state, for stealing two goats.
According to Police prosecution counsel, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat, had told the court that the case was reported on October 11 at the Anglo-Jos Police station by Mr Dung Gyang, the complainant.
Insp Ibrahim said the convict trespassed into the complainant’s house, and stole two goats worth N40, 000.
The prosecutor said the offence is punishable under the provisions of sections 334 and 272 of the Plateau Penal Code.
Delivering judgment in the case, a panel of two magistrates, Adam Sadiq and Hyacinth Dolnaan sentenced John to nine months imprisonment, with a fine of N10, 000.
The convict was also ordered to pay a compensation of N40, 000 to the complainant. The judges ruled that the judgment would serve as deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such criminal acts.