A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday sentenced an 18-year-old mason,

Micah, who resides at Daki Biyu village, was arraigned on a two-count charge of house-breaking and theft, offences he admitted committing.

The judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict N15, 000 option of fine.

Sadiq said that the punishment would have been more severe if he had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution.

He warned him against taking to crimes again.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, had told the court that on March 21, one Sunday Taka of Jabi Daki Biyu village, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station.

Zannah told the court that the convict broke into the complainant’s house sometime in January and stole his 32- inch LG plasma television, valued at N74, 500 and one home theatre DVD valued at N39, 900.

He told the court that the complainant travelled to Kaduna and came back on Feb. 10 and discovered that his house was burgled and raised an alarm.

Zannah said that during police investigation, the DVD was recovered from the convict and he admitted committing the offence.

He said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 346 and 288 of the Penal Code.

Following the plea of the convict, the prosecutor prayed the court to try him summarily, under Section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justices Act, 2015.