A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 20-year-old mason, Dauda Francis, be given six strokes of the cane for stealing two cell phones worth N210,000.
Francis, who resides in Rigachikun in Kaduna, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.
Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel, also sentenced Francis to five months’ imprisonment.
Emmanuel did not give Francis an option to pay a fine.
Earlier, the convict begged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that he was aware of his wrongdoings and had learnt his lesson.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Chidi Leo told the court that the convict committed the offence at 8:30 a.m. on May 28, at Kawo Kaduna.
He said that Francis stole a Samsung Galaxy and Tecno Phantom X, worth N210,000 from the purse of Ms Sarah Williams.
Leo added that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 271 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017. (NAN)