Nasarawa - A Mararaba
Chief Magistrates’ Court, Nasarawa State, on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old
generator repairer, Saliku Abdul, of Sabon Gari, Mararaba, to one year
imprisonment for stabbing a customer.
The Chief Magistrate, Habila Adundaga, however, gave the
accused an option to pay N10, 000 fines.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the accused
had pleaded guilty to one-count charge of causing grievous hurt levelled
against him by the police.
Abundaga said that the punishment would serve as a deterrent
to other people, who believed in taking laws into their hands.
"The punishment will serve as a deterrent to other people,
who have chosen the life of crime, instead of facing their work or be useful to
themselves," the magistrate said.
He also ordered the convict to write an undertaking to be of
good behaviour and never to commit any criminal offence again.
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The chief magistrate also ordered that the convict should
pay the money, the complainant spent to treat himself.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Stephen Kwaza, had told the court that
on Oct. 20, one David Olorandora of same address with the accused lodged the
complaint against Abdul at the Sani Abacha Road Police Station.
Kwaza told the court that the complainant reported that he
gave his generator to the convict for over three weeks to repair, but refused
to do it.
He said that the complaint reported that he met the convict
on Oct. 19 at about 5.30p.m, on the road near their compound.
The prosecutor told the court that the complainant reported
that he demanded for the refund of the N4, 000 he gave him to repair his
Instead of the convict to plead, the complainant reported
that the convict started fighting him and suddenly picked up a bottle on the
ground, broke it and stabbed him.
The prosecutor said that as a result of that, he gave him a
deep cut on his left cheek, close to his ear and also on his right hand.
Kwaza said the offence contravened Section 241 of the Penal