The son of a visually impaired man, Emmanuel Nwonu, was on Thursday, sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment with out an choice of fantastic by an Ebonyi State Magistrates’ Courtroom sitting in Abakaliki for stealing church providing.
The convict, had penultimate Wednesday, stolen an undisclosed sum of money and a cellphone from a girl within the Udunukwe space of Abakaliki, the state capital.
Punch correspondent gathered that he was arrested by males of the Nigeria Police on Monday and the sum of N41,465 was discovered on him.
Nwonu had informed the police that he barged into the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri, within the Abakaliki Native Authorities Space of the state, on July 11, 2020, broke the providing field and stole the sum of N41,465.
He was arraigned on two counts of housebreaking and stealing on Thursday.
The fees learn, “That you just, Emmanuel Nwonu, July 11, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, within the Abakaliki Magisterial District, did enter a constructing used for spiritual worship and stole the sum of N45,465 belonging to St. Patrick Catholic Church, thereby committing an offence punishable underneath Part 415 of the Legal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Legal guidelines of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
“That you just, Emmanuel Nwonu, on the identical date and place and in the identical aforesaid magisterial district, did wilfully and unlawfully broken one providing field and it’s padlock valued at N15,000, property of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki, thereby committing an offence punishable underneath Part 451 of the Legal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Legal guidelines of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Alumona Sebastine, tendered the stolen money, the broken padlock and a cellphone as proof towards the convict.
Nwonu, who pleaded responsible, mentioned his poor situation pushed him into crime, including that life had not been significant to him since he misplaced his job as a driver.
“I’m actually struggling taking good care of my visually impaired father; it has not been that simple for me. At the moment, I’ve no place of my very own to remain. I sleep underneath the Spera-In-Deo flyover each night time. I’m a driver and I misplaced my job, and since then, I’ve not discovered another job to do,” he mentioned.
Justice of the Peace A. C. Nwusulor mentioned the offences would have earned the convict seven years’ imprisonment, however determined to restrict the sentence to 12 months in order that the Nwonu c ould assume and repent.
Punch Metro learnt that this was the third time the suspect could be arrested for housebreaking and stealing as he was apprehended twice in 2017.