Mechanic bags two years imprisonment for stealing electric cable

A 24-year-old mechanic caught in the act of vandalising a transformer, has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Imprisonment.

Emmanuel who resides in Abuja was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to the charge of vandalism.

The judge sentenced the defendant after he pleaded for mercy and promised not to commit crime again.

“Since the defendant is a first time offender who seem remorseful and promised to change his ways, I hereby sentence you Emmanuel to two years imprisonment.

“The sentence is with effect from Dec. 24, 2016, when he was arrested,”he said.

Dimgba also ordered that the items recovered from him be forfeited to the Federal Government but be kept with the NSCDC to implement the order of the court.

The prosecutor, Joanne Orjichukwu, told the court that the defendant was first arraigned on Jan. 15 but was adjourned for review of facts and evidence of witnesses.

She said the evidence of a witness, Thomas Ogbebor, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Corps (DSC) of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp was taken.

In his evidence, Thomas Ogbebor, said on Dec. 24, 2016 Akinwale James, a staff of Abuja Electrical Distribution Company (AEDC) and a NSCDC officer attached to their office in Utako brought the accused.

Ogbebor said the accused was arrested at about 1:20 am of the same date, while cutting cables from a transformer, located at Tropicana Hotel in Utako District, Abuja.

He said during interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime, and thereafter the scene of crime was visited where he cut the cables and other components of the transformer.

The witness further said that when the scene was visited, it was discovered that the transformer was not working due to the damage caused by the defendant.

He added that items recovered from the defendant are cable, 1m of 16mm conductor and 2 transformer bars.

The prosecution told the court that she will like to tender the defendant statement and items recovered to be admitted in evidence.

She also urged the court to convict the defendant based on his plea of guilt.

The judge had earlier admitted the statement and items as exhibit EA1 to EA14.

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