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Court jails Abuja businessman for snatching purse

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

A Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Abuja, has sentenced a 22-year-old businessman, Sani Mohammed, to 12 months imprisonment for snatching a purse containing N1,000.

The presiding judge, Abubakar Sadiq convicted Mohammed as he pleaded guilty to a charge of joint act and theft.

While delivering his judgment on Monday, Sadiq subsequently ordered that the recovered purse and cell phone be returned to the owner.

The judge advised the convict to be of good behaviour and desist from committing crimes after serving out his prison term.

Mohammed, who resides at Utako village, Abuja, was charged under Section 79 and 292 of the Penal Code.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mrs Auhioboh Florence, told the court that one Dim Marian of Mabushi Police Station, Abuja, reported the matter at Utako Police Station on Aug. 20.

The prosecutor said that on Aug. 19 at about 8. 30 p.m. the convict and one other now at large, conspired and accosted the complainant with a knife.

He said the complainant was trying to board a cab at Nasfat junction by Yoruba Mosque Utako, when the convict attacked her and forcefully snatched her purse containing N1,000 and a cell phone.

Florence said that the complainant raised an alarm which attracted people around and the convict was caught but his accomplice escaped with the purse.

The prosecutor said that during police investigation and interrogation, the purse and cell phone were recovered, but all effort made to recover the N1, 000 proved abortive.

She told the court that the convict had criminal records and had been sentenced by the court before.

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