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Breach of trust: Court sentences man to 2 months in prison

27 September 2013, 16:39

Abuja - A Kubwa Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Ochuko Elaeke, to two months in prison for criminal breach of trust.

Delivering judgment, Magistrate Rosemary Kanyip, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N4000.

Kanyip also ordered the convict to refund N1.8 Million to the complainant, Mr Reference Odudu.

"The court finds you guilty and hereby orders you to refund N1.8 Million to the complainant by the end of December or risk a sentence of one year imprisonment without an option of fine.

"The court also orders that you present two civil servants not below grade level 6 who will stand as sureties for you till the end of December when you are expected to have refunded the said amount,’’ Kanyip ruled.

The police prosecutor, Cpl. Sandra Oparaugo, told the court that the case was reported at Kubwa police station on Aug. 27 by Odudu of Phase 4, Kubwa, Abuja.

Oparaugo said that sometime in 2011, the convict, a resident of Old Maitama, Kubwa, Abuja,  deceived Odudu into  entrusting him with N1.8 million for the purchase of commercial motorcycles.

"Rather than purchase the motorcycles, the convict converted the said sum to his personal use,’’ Oparaugo said.

She said that the offences contravened sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The convict had pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.

"I purchased the motorcycles and was managing them as agreed until the riders started defaulting in their remittances.

"I beg court to give me some time to raise the money for the complainant,'' he said.


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