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Court orders student given 12 strokes of cane for stealing

A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, sentenced a 23-year-old student, Rabiu Garba, to 12 strokes of the cane for stealing a laptop and two cell phones.

The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, sentenced Garba after he pleaded guilty to the two count of trespass and theft.

The convict, who resides at Badiko in Kaduna, had pleaded guilty earnestly and prayed for leniency from the court, vowing to reform his ways.

The magistrate held that the court was lenient to Garba because he did not waste the court’s time by his admission of guilt.

He, however, advised the convict to be of good behaviour and desist from crime in the future.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Chidi Leo, told the court that one Yusuf Usman, reported the matter at Gabasawa Police Station on May 3.

According to Leo, Garba trespassed into the complainant’s room and made away with his laptop valued at N220,000 and two phones valued at N342,000.

The Prosecutor said that the offences contravened the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.