The son of a visually impaired man, Emmanuel Nwonu, was on Thursday, sentenced to 365 days’ imprisonment with out an choice of quality by an Ebonyi nation Magistrates’ court sitting in Abakaliki for stealing church providing.
The convict, had penultimate Wednesday, stolen an undisclosed amount of cash and a smartphone from a woman within the Udunukwe place of Abakaliki, the kingdom capital.
Our correspondent gathered that he turned into arrested by men of the Nigeria Police on Monday and the sum of N41,465 turned into observed on him.
Nwonu had told the police that he barged into the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri, within the Abakaliki local authorities vicinity of the state, on July 11, 2020, broke the offering container and stole the sum of N41,465.He changed into arraigned on two counts of burglary and stealing on Thursday.
The fees read, “which you, Emmanuel Nwonu, July 11, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, in the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did enter a building used for religious worship and stole the sum of N45,465 belonging to St. Patrick Catholic Church, thereby committing an offence punishable below phase 415 of the crook Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009.
Which you, Emmanuel Nwonu, on the identical date and area and in the identical aforesaid magisterial district, did wilfully and unlawfully broken one providing container and it’s padlock valued at N15,000, property of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, thereby committing an offence punishable beneath section 451 of the crook Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, laws of Ebonyi kingdom of Nigeria, 2009.”
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Alumona Sebastine, tendered the stolen cash, the broken padlock and a phone as evidence against the convict.
Nwonu, who pleaded guilty, said his bad condition pushed him into crime, including that existence had now not been meaningful to him since he misplaced his job as a driving force.
I am absolutely suffering looking after my visually impaired father; it has now not been that smooth for me. Currently, I haven't any location of my own to live. I sleep below the Spera-In-Deo flyover each night. I'm a motive force and that i misplaced my activity, and considering the fact that then, i have not observed some other task to do,” he said.
Magistrate A. C. Nwusulor stated the offences could have earned the convict seven years’ imprisonment, but determined to restrict the sentence to three hundred and sixty five days in order that the Nwonu c ould assume and repent.
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